Elder Care

Home instead—the choice is clear

Love and respect for our elders is best shown by supporting their desire to live out their lives in the place they are most happy: Home.

This is not always easy for family members to facilitate. Work, social schedules, and the demands of a spouse or children can exhaust a family caregiver. It can put a strain on relationships and make the senior relative feel as though they are being a burden.

At O’Connell Care at Home, we provide loving, respectful support for senior citizens who prefer to remain in the familiar surroundings of home.

We’re extremely sensitive to the different ways in which individuals age. Our elder care services are holistic; they address the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of our clients. When we send an elder caregiver into the home, we make sure the client knows it is not because they have become a burden, but because we can help keep them as independent as possible.

Companionship and help with the Activities of Daily Life (ADLs)

Our caregivers come in as friends, advocates, and guides through the transitions of aging. The range of in-home services they provide include:

  • Maintaining a safe home environment
  • Assisting with housekeeping
  • Ensuring that dietary guidelines are being followed and the client is receiving proper nutrition
  • Running errands
  • Seeing that medications are being taken at the right times
  • Keeping the client mentally and socially engaged
  • Companionship, conversation, and the security that comes from not being alone
  • Respite care for the family
  • Making sure adults with degenerative conditions, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of dementia are safe

And reminding our clients that they are still the person they feel themselves to be.

In addition, if we see that an older client is in need of more than help with the daily activities of life but healthcare as well, we may recommend that a geriatric care manager, home health aide (HHA), or skilled nurse be called in. If our clients are agitated or showing signs of depression or stress, we will act as their advocates and see they get the attention they need.

Whether you or your elderly loved one needs us for a couple of hours a day or overnight, we will act as your partner in care.

Abraham Lincoln said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”

Contact O’Connell Care at Home today and we will match you to an elder caregiver who suits your individual needs. O’Connell services Holyoke, Easthampton, Northampton, South Hadley, Agawam, Wilbraham, and Springfield, and throughout Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties.


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Respite Care

If you are caring for someone at home, there are times when you must have help. Whether it be a few hours or a few days, we are here for you. Respite care can be instrumental in your efforts to maintain balance in your life and can help elders avoid the disruption of a move to a care facility while you are absent for a significant period of time. Our in-home respite care provides the physical and emotional support that keeps the client connected to life.


 

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Custodial Care

Custodial care offers the great peace-of-mind of having assistance with all non-medical needs. This includes help with daily tasks, companionship, transportation, and personal care that does not require medical supervision. Care is provided by a home health aide or CNA level staff member.


 

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Home Health Aide

HHAs are among our compassionate caregivers who are qualified to assist patients who need help to get up; they can perform health-related tasks and some basic medical services, all under the supervision of a nurse or physician.

O’Connell HHA’s are trained and experienced in caring for people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired, and who prefer to age in place and remain at home.