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There are numerous home healthcare agencies who employ aides. They come into the house and assist your loved one with daily needs. Usually the companies have a nurse who comes to the house to assess the needs of your loved one and together you and she come up with a workable schedule that will suit your loved one. Usually there's a 2-hour minimum but shifts can be 2 hours, 4 hours, all the way up to 12 hours.

Some home healthcare agencies accept Medicare, some don't.

If you go with a home healthcare agency it's not unusual to go through several aides until you find one that fits well but sometimes people hit the jackpot and find that special person the first time around. Just know that it's not uncommon to go through several aides in the process of finding someone who's just right.

Google "home healthcare agencies" and then your zip code. Do a Yelp search to make sure they don't have any negative comments. Feel free to ask the agency anything, they should be happy to answer all of your questions.

There are aides who help with the activities of daily living (bathing, eating, transferring, etc). There are bath aides who just come to the house to bathe someone and there are companions who don't do any transfers or ADL's, they just sit with your loved one as a friend might. Some of these things overlap and a full-service aide will help with bathing, ADL's, and companionship, plus running some errands if necessary (for the client, not the family).

Good luck!
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