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How Is In-home Care Individualized For My Specific Needs?

How is in-home care individualized for my specific needs?

At Family Matters, our goal is to provide individualized care for each one of our clients. To do that, we do a comprehensive care plan and assessment before assigning a caregiver. This ensures we know what your needs are and what kind of person you want providing care for you or your loved one. We then do our best to match you or your loved one accordingly. We also share the care plan with our caregiver to make sure they know what is expected of them at all times.

During the assessment and building of your individualized in-home care plan, we’ll work with you and your family to prioritize the care that best fit you or your loved one. Below are some of items we typically discuss while building your in-home care plan.

Service Hours Requested

  • What days of the week do you need help from a caregiver?
  • What hours per visit would best fit your needs?


  • Should your caregiver take proactive measures for fall prevention (risk for falling)?


  • Should your caregiver be aware of any existing medical diagnosis?
  • Do you or your loved one use a cane, walker, wheelchair, or hearing aids?


  • Do you need conversation/mental stimulation from your caregiver?
  • Would you like your caregiver to accompany planned activities like book clubs, museums, church, etc.?
  • Are you interested in dining out with your caregiver?

Escort or Transportation

  • Do you need your caregiver to provide transportation to/from healthcare appointments?
  • Would you like your caregiver to help with shopping and/or errands?
  • Are you interested in scenic drives for the client?


  • Does your caregiver need to help with meal preparation? If so, what meals?
  • Would you like you caregiver to help encourage fluids?
  • Is there any dietary information your caregiver should know?

Around the Home

Can your caregiver help with:

  • Laundry?
  • Making bed(s)/linen changes
  • Floor care
  • Tidying up kitchen/clean bathroom
  • Take out trash/recycling
  • Pet care


  • Would you like your caregiver to assist/accompany walks?
  • Can your caregiver provide assistance with exercise (as prescribed by physical therapist)

Medication Assistance

Should your caregiver help with:

  • Monitoring and reminding time to take medication
  • Read medication labels for clients
  • Assist with skin, eye, and ear applications and lotions

Personal Hygiene

Would you like your caregiver to help with:

  • Shampoo
  • Shave
  • Oral hygiene
  • Hair grooming


  • Should your caregiver assist with getting in and out of the shower or tub?
  • Does the client need help with cleaning body and toweling off?
  • Should your caregiver help with dressing and undressing?


  • Does the client need standby assistance with the toilet?
  • Should your caregiver help with changing Depends?
  • Does the client need help emptying a bedside commode or urinal?

If you or your family member is considering in-home care as part of a plan to age in place, contact Family Matters In-Home Care today for a free consultation.  Our team is dedicated to supporting your family and helping older adults enjoy life in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible.

Some of the services offered by Family Matter In-Home Care include: Alzheimer’s & Dementia CareBed & Wheelchair Transfer AssistanceCompanionshipHousekeeping & Meal PreparationPersonal CareRecovery Care, and Transportation.



Carol Pardue-Spears

Carol has worked in the healthcare field for more than forty years. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, she worked for El Camino Hospital in the cardiac unit, Los Gatos Community Hospital, The Women’s Cancer Center in Los Gatos and several home health and hospice agencies. Carol founded Family Matters in 2002 to fill a deficit she witnessed in high-quality, in-home services and care.

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