Personal Care

Bathing. A caregiver may assist clients with bathing. When a client has skilled skin care needs or skilled dressings that will need attention before, during, or after bathing, the client shall be in the care of an agency licensed as a home health agency or a home nursing agency to meet those specific needs.

Dressing. A caregiver may assist a client with dressing. This may include assistance with ordinary clothing and application of support stockings of the type that can be purchased without a physician’s prescription. A caregiver may not assist with application of an Ace bandage and anti-embolic or other pressure stockings that can be purchased only with a physician’s prescription.

Shaving. A caregiver may assist a client with shaving only with an electric or a safety razor.

Toileting. A caregiver may assist a client to and from the bathroom, provide assistance with bed pans, urinals, and commodes; provide pericare; or change clothing and pads of any kind used for the care of incontinence.

  • A caregiver may empty or change external urinary collection devices, such as catheter bags or suprapubic catheter bags. In all cases, the insertion and removal of catheters and care of external catheters is considered skilled care and shall not be performed by a caregiver.
  • A caregiver may empty ostomy bags and provide assistance with other client-directed ostomy care only when there is no need for skilled skin care. A caregiver will not perform digital stimulation, insert suppositories, or give an enema.

Hair care. Our caregivers may assist clients with the maintenance and appearance of their hair, include shampooing with non-medicated shampoo or shampoo that does not require a physician’s prescription, drying, combing and styling hair.

Mouth care. A caregiver may assist in and perform mouth care. This may include denture care and basic oral hygiene.

Nail care. A caregiver may assist with nail care including soaking of nails, pushing back cuticles without utensils, and filing of nails. Assistance by a caregiver may not include nail trimming.

Light Housekeeping

Our caregivers are not intended to replace “cleaning ladies” or a regular cleaning service. They will, however, keep the kitchen clean, run a vacuum and tidy-up as necessary.

Grocery Shopping and Errands

Assistance in completing activities such as shopping, and appointments outside of the home. The caregiver may drive the client’s car or their own car. If utilizing their own car, a mileage charge (see Fee Schedule) will be assessed.

Meal Preparation

Discuss your food preferences with Home Helpers. We will attempt to place a caregiver with particular knowledge and experience with the foods that you enjoy most! We will also insure that any dietary restrictions are adhered to.

Medication Reminders

A caregiver may assist a client with medication reminding only when medications have been preselected by the client, a family member, a nurse, or a pharmacist and are stored in containers other then the prescription bottles, such as medication minders. Medication minder containers shall be clearly marked as to day and time of dosage. Medication reminding includes: inquiries as to whether medications were taken; verbal prompting to take medications; handing the appropriately marked medication minder container to the client; and opening the appropriately marked medication minder container for the client if the client is physically unable to open the container. These limitations apply to all prescription and all over-the-counter medications. caregiver shall immediately report to the supervisor any irregularities noted in the pre-selected medications, such as medications taken too often or not often enough, or not at the correct time as identified in the written instructions.