Senior Care providers help with personal care and companionship for the elderly, sick, or people otherwise unable to care for themselves entirely. Senior caregivers will go into the home, hospital, nursing care, or healthcare facilities to provide non-medical care such as preparing meals, light housekeeping, running errands, and medication reminders. 

Staying Home

Many seniors would rather stay in their homes than be in an institutional setting. A senior sitter will come into the home for a preset number of hours and provide dignified and compassionate care. If there are no family members available to stay with the senior, a sitter can keep the client from leaving their home. Or sometimes, a sitter can be valuable to give the primary caregiver a chance to leave the house for their own mental and physical well-being. This can also be called “aging in place.” 

Typical Duties

  • While a senior sitter does not provide medical care, they will note any changes in the senior’s health or behavior and notify the hospice nurse or family member. 
  • Assist with basic needs such as preparing meals, grooming, and light housekeeping. 
  • A senior care sitter will remind the client to take their medications at the correct times and dosage listed in the doctor or nurse’s orders. 
  • Transportation to medical appointments, shopping, or other nearby errands. 
  • Provide companionship, from sitting quietly and listening to music or watching television, playing games, or chatting to keep the senior engaged and provide interest in their day.
  • Assisting with mobility or transfers if needed. 

If you want more information about senior care and sitters and how they can help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with All American Senior Care services at (903) 628-5580.