Home Health Aide

When more than a Companion is needed

At O’Connell Care at Home, we believe that each and every client we serve is an individual, deserving of individualized attention. How we provide that attention can come in the form of a homemaker, companion, or elder caregiver—or a Home Health Aide (HHA).

Companionship providers help with everyday tasks and become trusted friends. They cannot, however, provide any kind of medical service. For basic medical support or support requiring a physical component such as lifting a patient, you or your loved one may also need an HHA.

O’Connell Home Health Aides are trained and experienced in caring for people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired, and who prefer to remain at home instead of disrupting the lives they’ve always known with a move to a care facility.

Our HHAs can perform health-related tasks and some basic medical services, all under the supervision of a nurse or physician. These service may include:

  • Checking vital signs, such as checking a client’s pulse, temperature, and respiration rate
  • Cue prescribed medication at scheduled times
  • Making sure the client is free from infections and bed sores
  • Monitoring the client’s physical and cognitive functioning and reporting symptoms that may signal a change to the supervising RN or physician
  • Helping with simple prescribed exercises
  • Providing instruction in the use of walkers and equipment relating to personal hygiene
  • Making sure dietary requirements are being followed and the client is receiving proper nutrition

As we’ve said throughout these pages, any and all home care or home healthcare services can be customized to the individual. We believe in the comfort and healing qualities of home. Whatever kind of care you or your loved one needs, O’Connell will provide a caregiver with the right training and experience and to help you stay where you feel most like yourself—at home.

Contact O’Connell Care at Home today for HHA services in Holyoke, Easthampton, Northampton, South Hadley, Agawam, Wilbraham, or Springfield, MA, and other areas in Hampden County, Hampshire County, and Franklin County.


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Companion Care

When “hands on” or physical assistance is more than you need, companion care may be the right fit. Our companions are caring, dependable helpers who offer a sense of security; a friendly face to help with such activities as light housekeeping, appointments, social visits, and meal preparation can make staying at home possible and comfortable.


 

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Elder Care

Seniors who prefer to remain in the familiar home setting will have a respectful, compassionate caregiver to provide companionship, help with daily tasks and to maintain a safe home environment. It is a priority at O’Connell Care at Home to match our clients with caregivers who are suited to meet your individual needs.


 


 

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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.