Benefits of Home Health Care

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Benefits of Home Health Care

Millions of Americans face the daily struggles of balancing family, career and home.  As our population ages many of us are left to manage a loved one’s medical needs as well.  Illness and injury are not something that most families consider until it is upon them.  The unexpected brings with it many critical decisions that must be made during what can be a very emotional time.  Many families live great distances apart, are struggling financially or are otherwise unable to care for each other.   Emotional, mental and physical exhaustion are common among caregivers who do not have help coming from outside of the home.

Allowing a loved one to remain in the comfort of a familiar environment is an option many are choosing as opposed to placement in care facilities.  Often in home care proves to be more cost effective with better outcomes.  Home care plans are often built around the lives of the patient and family and can enhance the experience for everyone involved.  With the proper care team and support in place it can be a very manageable and positive experience.

Below are just a few ways home health care can offer support.

  1. Assistance with Daily Living Activities– In-home service staff can help with personal hygiene, dressing, medication management and many other things. Allowing non-family members to take on these roles is an excellent way to preserve a patient’s dignity.
  2. Companionship – Stress on families can be greatly decreased just by knowing that their loved one is not alone. Caregivers in the home are able to be the eyes and ears for long distance family as well.  Accidents can be avoided, and possible health issues identified that might otherwise go unnoticed.
  3. Skilled Nursing – Often complex medical needs require hospitalization or placement in a facility. Skilled nursing visits make it possible to manage many of these in the home.  Dressing changes, ostomy care, IV therapy and medication management can keep in individual at home and in comfort.
  4. Physical and Occupational Therapy – Many patients are opting for home therapy as opposed to rehabilitation in a facility.  These therapists are able to evaluate what an individual’s needs are in relation to their specific home environment.  Recommendations for adaptive equipment or medical supplies can be given directly to the patient and the family.

 

The growth of the home health care industry has made it possible for more people to convalesce at home without placing added stress to the people they love.  The options for providers and levels of care make it possible to manage daily living while keeping those closest to happy and healthy.

 

 

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