Hiring an in-home caregiver for your loved one is a great way to combat loneliness, get basic chores done, and ensure medication compliance as they age. Even more skilled care—like tending to catheters, feeding tubes, and tracheostomies—can be provided by in-home nurses.
But it can get a little confusing to figure out what type of in-home caregiver your loved one needs. They go by many different names and have different skills. In fact, your loved one might need more than one type of in-home caregiver.
We’ll introduce you to the different types of in-home caregivers and help you decide which one’s right for you or your loved one—or if they might need an alternative type of care.
Let’s start by talking about the two main types of in-home caregivers: those who give either personal care or health care.