Tag Archives: Providence Hospice

Providence Celebrates
National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week Since 1974, National Volunteer Week has been celebrated in April, and this year it falls on the week of April 15. President Obama recognized American volunteers in his 2011 Presidential Proclamation, and he encouraged people to “discover their own power to make a difference” by getting involved in volunteer opportunities. Providence Life Services appreciates that message! We depend on hundreds of good people who donate thousands of hours each year. They make a big difference through small acts of kindness. Volunteer Opportunities If you are involved in caring for a parent, you might be overwhelmed by the thought of volunteering. And that’s ok. If you are not in a “season” of volunteering right now, don’t feel guilty about allowing others to fill in! But if your caregiving role involves spending hours at the bedside of an aging parent in a skilled nursing center, you might find it refreshing to volunteer to help others while you’re there. Many Providence communities have been blessed by the service of a visiting daughter who helps wheel residents to the dining room for supper, or a grandson who calls bingo for a room full of grandpas and grandmas, or a son who combs […]

Understanding In-Home Care:
a caregiver’s introduction

When you or your parents arrive at a point where some in-home help would make life easier, there is a lot of information and jargon to sift through. Understanding some of the terms used by home health agencies and private duty services can give you more confidence when you start researching your options. Types of In-Home Care The three main categories of home- and community-based services are Private Duty, Home Health, and Hospice. Some of the confusion happens because there is often some overlap within these three categories. Private Duty Private Duty usually refers to “non-medical” services such as the following, which are provided by non-licensed caregivers: Medication reminders Bathing assistance Morning and evening care (grooming and dressing) Transportation Help with laundry, meal preparation, errand-running, and more But there is also a category of Private Duty that includes medical care provided by a licensed nurse, such as: Medication set-ups and administration Injections Wellness checks Help with feeding tubes Private Duty services are not covered by Medicare or Private insurance though may be covered by some long term care policies. Home Health The Home Health category includes licensed medical services provided by registered nurses or licensed therapists. Skilled Nursing care, wound […]