As you begin the search for an home care worker, you may hear some terms which are unfamiliar to you. These terms can give you an idea of the level of care you may be looking for. Be aware that some are used by home health agencies to assign costs.

  • Activities of Daily Living: These are specific activities that individuals must perform with or without assistance to live independently.
  • Companion – A companion provides social contact, going along on walks or errands.
  • Chore Services – Housekeeping, grocery shopping, laundry, and some meal preparation (but no personal care).
  • Homemaker – All of the above plus meal preparation and help with personal needs like getting dressed. Usually no bathing assistance.
  • Home Care Aide – All the above plus personal care needs (like bathing and management of incontinence). Does not include skilled services that a licensed nurse must perform.