Understanding In Home Senior Care Terms

Caregiver with senior woman in wheelchair

You may have heard many of the following terms before without really knowing what they mean. Below are some of the most commonly used terms associated with in home senior care in Colorado Springs.

Companion Care  

Sometimes seniors require assistance and companionship to succeed independently in their home. When family or friends are not available to provide support, Companion Care can provide the needed help and social engagement for an older adult, or couple, living alone to continue thriving.

Recovery Care

Recovery care is care for individuals who have suffered a major accident, had surgery, or been diagnosed with a disease and need time to recuperate. This type of care often involves physical therapy, and sometimes other forms of therapy as well, depending on the disease or injury. 

Home Care 

In home senior care can include a broad range of services, including help with necessary activities such as bathing, dressing, and preparing meals. Home care becomes necessary when a person cannot manage all their needs independently and requires assistance.

Palliative Care 

Palliative care is the practice of caring for an individual who is afflicted with a serious disease or injury.  It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms of the disease. A primary goal of palliative care is to provide an improved quality of life for the afflicted person and their family.

Registered Nurse 

This is an individual who has graduated from a nursing program and has passed the requirements established by the state where they intend to practice. Overseeing, managing, and monitoring patient care is a particular focus of registered nurses.


Certified Nursing Assistants work directly with patients and nurses, to carry out a number of tasks related to care. These individuals are often responsible for helping patients stay comfortable throughout the day, and attending to many of their needs.

Mobility & Transfer Assistance

This involves helping someone move from bed to wheelchair or couch to chair. Many seniors are disabled, or partially disabled, and do not have full ambulatory capabilities. To avoid falls or injury, transfer assistance is often needed.

Medication reminders 

Seniors are frequently on multiple medications taken at varying intervals throughout the day.  Older adults can easily lose track of prescribed schedules, and medication errors are a significant source of medical challenges.  A caregiver can provide medication reminders and tracking to ensure the appropriate medications are taken at the appropriate times.

Gentle Shepherd Home Care in Colorado Springs

Gentle Shepherd Home Care provides in home senior care in Colorado Springs, which includes the individualized care options listed above.  If you have a senior loved one in need of personalized care at home, contact us today for a complimentary care assessment.  We can help you determine the best care options for your senior.

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