Many people don't think about it until it's too late, but home health
care is something that you should consider before hospitals or nursing
homes become your only option. Realistically, wouldn't you want your
children to keep you around after you are unable to take care of
yourself, in the comfort of your own home?
If you have not run across the idea of home health care yet in your
travels, it combines the best of many worlds of care. The same quality of
care a patient would get in a hospital is transferred to a private
residence, where the patient is the sole focus of a trained professional
The person will be trained in many basic and advanced parts of the
treatment process, including having knowledge of nutrition, IV's, patient
and caregiver processes, occupational and dietary therapy, and a
consistent knowledge of anything medically related that specific person
needs to be health and safe in the home environment.
If medical agencies are smart, they always have an arm of their service
that includes the ability of their staff to go on home health care
assignments. This is because is can be beneficial to all parties
involved, as the correct utilization of resources saves everyone time and
money, and people use that to their advantage.
If you are worried about certain conditions for your parent, here are
some things that home health care deals with as well - helping them eat
and drink properly, basic cooking and cleaning, checking temperature and
breathing, if they need assistance getting into and out of bed, if they
need a helping hand with things like bathing or using the bathroom.
One of the first things that you should discuss is the plan of care. That
is a document that details all of the daily, short term, and long term
aspects of the care, from who is going to take care of what, to the types
of medical equipment that needs to be on hand, to deciding which
treatments are going to take how long and when results should be seen.
Staff should always be determined to improve their service as well. If
you have noticed that your home health care provided has become lazy or
does not take as much interest in the client as they should, you should
immediately start shopping around for a better place to hire from.
Improvement is always the key.
It's not an easy decision sending a loved one to a hospital or nursing
home, so make the right choice and instead have the hospital come to you.
The service can be excellent, and you'll feel more connected instead of
guilty as time goes by and your parents are still happy.