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What is Non-medical Senior Care?

Non-medical senior care can keep a senior in his or her own home longer, since it actually makes them more independent in their own natural surroundings.

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Filling a niche by offering help with daily living, non-medical senior care assists seniors and families, by helping to take the stress out of caregiving.

Non-medical senior care companies, such as Home Instead, focus on companionship, but also assist with daily needs, such as meal preparation, running errands, medication reminders, light housecleaning, incidental transportation to doctor visits and other non-medical tasks.

When all of these daily tasks are being done by a professional, non-medical caregiver, it allows family members, such as grown children or spouses, to spend quality time with the senior, versus the quantity time of just spending hours doing the grocery shopping and cleaning, but not really being a companion to their elderly loved one.

Non-medical senior care can also keep a senior in his/her own home longer, since it actually makes them more independent in their own natural surroundings. It can prevent the senior from having to move to senior housing earlier than necessary, since their daily needs are being met.

Many seniors may need care, but they still enjoy the freedom of picking their own activities and doing them in their own homes on their own schedules. In fact, 89% of seniors surveyed by Home Instead prefer to live at home versus moving to a senior facility.

Even in situations where medical/home health professionals are being employed, the family can supplement the caregiving with non-medical caregivers who can truly become the senior's companion.

Non-medical senior care also benefits family members who live a great distance from the senior. Regardless of the distance apart, you as a caregiver can have peace of mind that your senior relative is being cared for with proper meals and someone to talk to on a regular basis, even if you can't be there to do it. A good, non-medical senior care company will also communicate the senior's status or issues to the relatives regularly via phone, providing updates on their social, physical and emotional well-being.

Learn more about Home Instead's non-medical caregiving resources.

Last revised: April 12, 2010

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Thoughts and stories from others
  1. August 18, 2018 at 9:19 am | Posted by Louise

    Sitters alone are $20 an hour. You rich enough for that? Hands-on care is a lot more than that, about $35 an hour.


  2. November 23, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Posted by James

    I want to establish non medical home caregiver at my country Nigeria what are the major strategy that I need to know


  3. September 12, 2015 at 6:08 pm | Posted by Diana

    Just need some information on how medicade spendown , life insurance, long term insurance and va insurance work and how I can get payed by them as a non medical home care owner??


  4. October 27, 2014 at 9:31 am | Posted by Sacha

    Do I need to have a physical done to be a non medical caregiver?


    • October 27, 2014 at 9:52 am | Posted by Cat Koehler

      Hi Sacha! Typically you do not need a physical, however, it is best to contact your local Home Instead for requirements specific to your locally owned and operated franchise. Cat Koehler Social Media Advocate Home Instead


    • January 15, 2017 at 11:37 pm | Posted by Sally

      No. As a Caregiver your only going to be helping the client with their ADL's and providing companionship, vs. working as a CNA in a facility, where you constantly on your feet and need to be in shape.


  5. November 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Posted by Carla Butler

    Hi my name is Carla Butler. I am interested in opening a non-medical business. I have always enjoyed communicating with elderly individuals and assisting them in the best possible way. I just need to know what I will need to do to open my business and build clientele.


    • November 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Posted by Cat Koehler

      Hi Carla! I am happy to hear of your interest. I suggest you visit for more information. Cat Koehler Social Media Advocate Home Instead


  6. March 30, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Posted by jasmin

    hello im 18 years old and when i was 16 i was a 96 year old womans companion i did get atached because after 6 months of caring for her she passed away.It was a great experience for me because i had never been that close to an elderly since there is no close relationship with my grandmother. Now im in another country and i plan on going back to the u.s to work as a non medical caregiver well companion . so do i need any certification either way?


  7. September 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Posted by Charles Tadewaldt

    I am 89 and suffer from Parkinson (tremor on right side) and Essential Tremor according to Neurologists. My wife is 88 and had a stroke (recovered except memory trouble) and we live in an apartment and will do so as long as possible.


  8. August 31, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Posted by Kayla Roler

    I much prefer to stay at home as well. All the things familiar to me are here and all I need is a little grocery shopping, my books, my paints and I am content.I still need to drive for my groceries occasionally, as there is not always someone to shop for me. Having glaucoma is going to stop my driving at least by the end of this year so I am getting prepared for that. Kayla


    • July 25, 2012 at 1:05 am | Posted by Auth

      I acknowledge what you say but do not agree. When you have seen hrdduens of caregiving situations as I have you know the many many elderly gentlemen who are taking care of their wives for years, you see the sons who are diligently caring for their parents, the husband who leaves for work after setting his wife's care up for the day, who has to run home at lunch and at a moments notice, and you realize that in the end it is an issue that profoundly affects INDIVIDUALS of both sexes.


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