Are you a caregiver of a loved one or family member that is a senior, disabled, or requires some form of consistent care? If so, making the decision to seek outside assistance, such as that provided by home health care agencies, can be extremely difficult. And in many cases, it can seem downright overwhelming!
It’s natural to want the the best for your loved one, and it can be difficult to put their well being in the hands of someone else, even if they are skilled medical professionals. Having a better understanding of the services provided by home health care agencies can make this decision easier, empowering you to develop a long term care plan.
Understanding home health care agencies
Unlike nursing care homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living communities, home health care agencies provided skilled nursing care, medical care, and assistance right in the comfort of a patient’s home. Not only does this support independent living, but home care also provides a sense of comfort and convenience without having to sacrifice quality, consistent care.
Home health care is ideal for seniors or disabled individuals who are able to live independently but still require medical care and assistance with everyday tasks.
Here a few other benefits to consider when exploring the services provided by home health care agencies.
Often times, family caregivers are reluctant to have others care for their senior or disabled loved ones, who may require very specific or regimented care routines. This is especially true for individuals that life with certain chronic illnesses or medical conditions. However it’s important to keep in that home health care agencies employ skilled nurses and home health aide who are experienced in providing several different kinds of specialized care. Furthermore, families can work closely with home health care agencies to develop a personalized, long term care plan for their loved one.
If your loved one is a strict medication schedule with several different kinds of medication, it can be difficult to administer their medication at the correct time. This is extremely important, especially with certain medications for chronic health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. With home health care, you can trust the skilled nurses and aides to administer your loved one’s medications correctly and at the correct time. Home health care professionals are also aware of potentially hazardous drug interactions, and can work with your loved one’s pharmacist and health care provider to avoid such interactions.
Diet and nutrition
If your loved one is over the age of 65, disabled, or living with a chronic medical condition, it can be difficult to ensure their dietary and nutritional needs are being met with professional assistance. Bed rest, injury, chronic illness, and even the natural aging process can all contribute to decreased lean body mass and may require specific nutritional needs. Home health care providers are aware of and experienced in providing dietary and nutritional care to support your loved one’s wellness journey.