Home care services in the DMV Area: An overview
Main categories of home care services
The aging process, physical limitations, and cognitive decline can all make it increasingly difficult for older adults to perform many of the everyday activities that we all take for granted but are necessary for personal care and independent living. These activities include bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and managing toileting needs or incontinence. Together with safe mobilization, they are often referred to as activities of daily living (ADLs). In-home caregivers, OndeCare Heroes, can help older adults with all activities of daily living while ensuring they retain as much independence as possible.
Maintaining a clean, safe home environment can become a challenge as mobility and strength decline. Help with light housekeeping tasks such as cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, changing bed linen, and vacuuming is often included in services provided by an in-home caregiver. Certain tasks such as home organization can involve the care recipient and even be made into a fun activity! Some caregivers will naturally perform light duties around the house as part of their daily work while others may view this as an extra service to be negotiated. What is considered 'light' housekeeping also differs from person to person so always be specific when asking for these services and on how much time the Hero caregiver is expected to spend on them during each visit.
Chronic illness, arthritis, balance problems, and muscle weakness can all limit the mobility of older adults. A wide range of in-home activities can be affected by physical limitations, from being able to stand long enough to cook a meal at the stove to the inability to get out of bed or a chair without assistance. Mobility assistance is a common reason for hiring an OndeCare Hero who can help ensure a care recipient continues to mobilize to their maximum ability while remaining safe and free from falls. Most qualified Hero caregivers will be trained and experienced in safe lifting, transferring and mobility aid use as well as in minimizing mobility hazards around the home. Where special assistance is required, such as the use of lifting equipment to get a person in and out of bed, make sure that the caregiver has had or can access relevant training.
While in-home care is mostly non-medical, an OndeCare in-home caregiver can help with many aspects of an older adult's medical care. Such healthcare-related services include reminding seniors to take their medications, transportation to physicians and other healthcare appointments, and helping disabled adults with physical therapy. An in-home caregiver will often provide some or all of these services and can even help facilitate telehealth appointments. Legislation around medication assistance varies from state to state, some allowing professional caregivers to assist in preparing the medications to be taken and others only allowing them to provide reminders.
Emotional care is often last to be considered but can be the most important factor for happiness and mental wellbeing. OndeCare caregivers coming to the home provide companionship and conversation and can ensure that the caregiver engages in meaningful activities of interest with the care recipient. Trips out for socialization, such as to a senior center or to see a movie, can also be a key service that an in-home caregiver can provide. Many people who require little physical help still benefit greatly from including emotional care as part of a well-considered home care plan and compassionate caregivers. There is a proven corroletion between a senior's healthy emotional wellbeing and continued independent living.
Errands and transportation
Just because an aging parent or other older adult has turned in their car keys and stopped driving shouldn't mean that they can't continue their normal outside home activities. In-home caregivers with a driver's license, and automobile insurance can run errands and provide transportation to many types of activity. At OndeCare we check our caregiver's driver's license and insurance so you don't have to and to make sure they are ready and safe to help with the following:
• Grocery shopping and other everyday errands.
• Doctors and other healthcare appointments.
• Picking up prescriptions.
• Hairdressing and barber appointments.
• Social activities such as church, senior meetups, concerts or just visiting friends!
Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland In‑Home Care from OndeCare
4.9 out of 5 stars.
Maria was absolutely amazing! She instantly bonded with my father and immediately took care of his needs. She engaged him in conversation and made him feel alive and whole. She went above and beyond to care for him. She surpassed my expectations at such short notice. She's God sent and I highly recommend her to care for your loved one.
Leigh is very friendly and conscientious. Our mom enjoys Leigh's company and we appreciate that our mom is getting excellent care.
Ms. T gives great care to my boys. I am so happy that we chose each other
Patricia is very kind and professional. My husband was comfortable with her and so was I. She is experienced and took care of my husband with planning and critical thinking. We will definitely be happy to have her return to us to provide care. Thank you.
Great work! Betty is super thorough and goes above and beyond to do her best. I'll be working with Betty again!
Stefana was awesome. She listened to my instructions I left to a T. She played games with my kids. Took my daughter to and from a play date. When I came in they were watching a nature show and talking about animals.
Very patient and nice. Works well with my son. Will book again in the future if available.
Aukia did a fantastic job! You can tell she has a strong education background because she took time out of the day to do some lessons with my kids, including learning the days of the week! Would absolutely book again.
I’m so glad Zachary had a fun day with Latonya. She was great and it really made my life easier to know he was in great hands this week.
Artrez is wonderful! Punctual, friendly, and my kids loved him. He went above and beyond (cleaning and creating entertaining activities for the kids). Highly recommend!
Toni was a great help, very patient with my Mom. Positive vibe overall. Thank you for the great work.
Really appreciated her willingness to adapt to our last minute changes. Took well to the kids and assisted with care
Anwar was amazing!
Kelsey was super communicative, on time, and asked great questions to make sure she provided good care for our daughter. She definitely had a lot of experience with infants and really kept her cool when the baby was losing it.
Cori is great! She arrived on time, with short notice. She was very kind and patient with my child as well as my nervous pup. Super friendly, professional and helpful. Highly recommended!!
Patricia is kind , caring , fun and responsible with our special needs son . He looks forward to seeing her. So happy to have met :)
OndeCare served its exact purpose for me yesterday. I woke up sick at 5.30 AM, booked Adailia at 7 AM, and she was here at 9 AM to save me (and take care of my twin infants).
Shertarra was great! She is very conscientious and made herself available at very short notice, even on Christmas Day!
Patricia is great! Very knowledgeable, kind/caring, capable, and easy to get along with - it would be hard to find anyone better.
Christina has been an absolute Godsend for us. She is doing a phenomenal job and we're actually going to see if she can help us out even more. We are more than pleased with her help!
Jessica is always the best ,reliable great care and excellent company.
Andrea was booked last minute & we really lucked out! She was warm, attentive and really made my parents feel comfortable immediately.
Jennifer has cared for my Mom and daughter. She is fantastic all around! She has a wonderful attitude and goes above and beyond with everything. I trust her completely to care for our family and I can't recommend her enough.
Overall I had a great experience and I am very pleased with Jaynine and I look forward to a nice working relationship. I have seen a lot of caregivers when I was in a rehab facility for three months and I am now able to judge their character, Jaynine made a great impression on me.
Cherita did a wonderful job taking care of my Mom. She was prompt, professional and quickly learned the morning routine. She related well to my Mom and we look forward to having her come back.
Nicole was wonderful! She was on time and understood the need for PPE. She was willing to enthusiastically do anything I asked her to do, and her medical knowledge was invaluable. Great job Nicole!!
Chereve was fantastic with our son! She showed up early, was fantastic with my four year old when he wasn’t feeling well. My son said he loved her!
Heaven did a phenomenal job keeping my multiple kids well taken care of the entire evening. She played with them, made dinner, and cleaned up leaving everyone and everything better than when I left!
Amber was great. She arrived early and immediately engaged with our girls (19 months & 5 years) and managed bath and bedtime routine. She even took the time to clean our counters and then some. I’d definitely rehire and recommend.
Alice is becoming a fan-favorite here at Fellowship City Church! She is incredibly professional, but also very warm and welcoming. She's great with the kids, and always works well with whatever other childcare worker she is paired with. We can't wait to use her more and more in the future!
Rae was excellent. My son was happy & had fun. She went above and beyond to help me in tasks that are challenging bc of my health when she didn’t have to do that. Very thankful to have had her help. Highly recommend!
Marc is very upbeat and seems to be bonding well with my son. We are lucky to have him to help take care of my son
Shanelle cared for my boys over the summer and consistently went above and beyond what was expected of her! Both boys are very fond of her, and I was able to work and know they were safe and well cared for - an experience we couldn't get from daycare centers. I will absolutely be looking forward to working with her more in the future!
Manny is a great companion for our son. He is very cognizant that primary caregivers get the relief they need while his client gets the attention, independence and community interaction he needs. And just a really great guy!
Tracee has been great with our grandson. She is kind, patient, and very calming for his energy. She is reliable and very good with him. He likes spending time with her
Lee has done everything that I have asked of her and now I can breathe when my son, who has special needs, and requires constant monitoring for his medical condition is in her care. I can trust lee with his life.
Our four girls loved Aukia. She was fantastic and helped us out for portions of 8 days over a 2-week period. Very calm and comforting demeanor and engaging with the kids. Was always early. We would highly recommend Aukia and look forward to seeing her again.