Services

SOS ServicesAt SOS we offer a wide range of flexible Elder Care Services to meet each of our client’s specific needs. We offer  one hour or more of services and we bill for the first hour and then in half hour increments after that. We also offer our services in Assisted Living and Nursing facilities.

If you are looking for information on Care Management services please see my Care Management page.

Companionship – Just like visiting with a friend, companionship includes conversation, catching up, discussing events of life, having coffee or tea, reminiscing, playing cards or board games, going for walks and/ or a scenic ride to the beach or out in the country, sightseeing, shopping, reading aloud, looking at old photos, going for walks, watching movies, going out to eat, writing letters or assisting with email, providing reminders, planning calenders and lists, helping with organization, being a good listener to concerns and hopes, and general assistance.
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Transportation – Includes rides to doctor appointments, hairdresser, nail salon, grocery shopping, to meet friends for coffee, religious services, etc. SOS does not charge for mileage unless your destination is more than 10 miles from your home.
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Errands/Grocery Shopping – We are happy to go grocery shopping, dry cleaners, post office, etc. for you, or bring you to your errands and assist you.
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Meal Preparation and Planning – We can help you shop or take your list and shop for you, cook for you or with you, provide daily meals, or make a large batch of your favorite recipe to place in small portions in your freezer with directions for heating up later. Fish Chowder is a specialty!
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Medication Reminders-We can remind a client when to take his or her medication.
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Dog Walking and Pet Care-We offer dog walking either as a seperate service or in addition to services while we are with clients. We are happy to bring pets to Veterinary appointments or groomer appointments, and help clients keep pets healthy, clean and fed at home.

Organization – Helping a client arrange various household items so that it is easiest for them to find and reach. Organization may also include cleaning out closets, helping with calendars, to do lists, filing, and correspondence.
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Light Housekeeping – Often people no longer have the energy to do a lot of housekeeping and happily hand that over to us. We can change sheets, make beds, do laundry, sweep, vacuum, wash floors, clean up the kitchen, fold, iron, do dishes, water plants, sort mail, organize, and provide pet care.
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Scenic Drives/Sightseeing-Clients often like to get out to see the ocean, ride in the country or a take a trip into the city.
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Accompaniment to events and dining-We are happy to accompany a client to an event such as a concert, play, or special celebration. Many of our clients like to go out to eat on occasion and we are happy to accompany them. We do ask that if a client asks a companion to eat out, that they pay for their own as well as their companion’s meal.
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Travel Assistance – We provide assistance with travel arrangements, packing, transportation or
accompaniment to and from the airport or train station, and in some cases we are available to travel with a client if needed.
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Socialization – This includes visiting with clients, but in addition may include accompaniment into the community to stay involved with friends, church activities, groups, hobbies, post office, grocery store, voting, eating out, etc. Also it is especially important for someone with memory loss to continue to practice their social skills out in the community setting.
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Exercise – Such as walking outdoors, mall or track walking in winter, swimming, etc.
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Assistance with tasks of daily living – We can assist with housekeeping, laundry, cooking, pet care, grooming, dressing, planning your day, checking your calender, shopping, transportation, appointments, errands, etc.
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Memory Loss Assistance and Support – Many clients have some memory loss and confusion and it is important that they continue to do certain things that keep them mentally and physically healthy to prolong their quality of life . Sometimes they need help remembering to do certain tasks of daily living, like dressing, grooming, cooking, eating healthy food, drinking plenty of water so they stay hydrated, getting exercise, and making sure the food in the fridge is still fresh. It is important to get outside, and see different sights, get fresh air, see friends, stay active, and keep doing some of the activities they can and like to do. We also provide support to a client who may have to give up doing some things that don’t feel safe anymore, like driving and using the stove, and walking alone outside.
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Assistance with Living and Ethical Wills

Living Will – This is an Advance Directive for Healthcare which allows you to put in writing what you would want your doctors and your family to know if you were at the end of your life and could no longer speak for yourself and/or make decisions about your healthcare. It also allows you to name someone as a Power of Attorney for healthcare as someone who can speak for you in this situation.

Ethical Will – This is a written document that one leaves their loved ones to pass on their important values, beliefs, insights, stories, and wisdom.
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In home respite care – Often clients reside with their families. If their family needs to be away from home, we can arrange to stay with a client for a more extended period of time or visit more often.
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Transition planning and support – Sometimes it is no longer ideal or safe for someone to stay at home. They may decide to move from their homes into a more supportive environment such as an Assisted Living or Nursing Care facility. This can be a very emotional decision and transition. We can help by being supportive and providing resources, touring various facilities with clients, transportation and extra time and support during an adjustment time before leaving home and at the facility.
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Support and Resources for family – If you are caring for your aging loved one, caring for yourself is more important than you may realize or think you can take time for. So often we put the people we love first, but then we get rundown, stressed out, and sometimes even sick. By taking better care of ourselves, we can take better care of our loved ones. SOS can provide resources, support group information, tips, and of course time with your family members so that you can take time for yourself and your other obligations.
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