Home Health Care for Seniors

 

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Old age should not cost a senior’s independence or the right to live at home.

Aging does bring weakness and ailments but seniors can manage to live at home with some support from family, friends or caregivers.

Having weighed the options between extended hospital confinement and home health care, more and more households are now resorting to the latter when it comes to attending to the needs of an aging, infirm or convalescing family member. Such is the trend in the recent years as long term hospitalization can tremendously deplete the family’s finances whereas home care is not only less costly but it can conscientiously cater to the health and personal needs of their loved ones as well.

“Home care”, “home health care” and “in home care” are phrases that are used interchangeably in the United States to mean any type of care given to a person in their own home. These phrases have been used in the past interchangeably regardless of whether the person required skilled care or not. “Home health care” can mean skilled nursing care (usually provided by a Home Health Agency) and “home care” (provided by Home care Agency or independent home health aide or caregiver) means non medical care.

Home health care aims to make it possible for people to remain at home rather than use residential, long term, or institutional based nursing care. Home care providers deliver services in the client’s own home. These services may include some combination of professional health care services and life assistance services. Professional home health services could include medical or psychological assessment, wound care, medication teaching, pain management, disease education and management, physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy. Life assistance services include help with daily tasks such as meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, light housekeeping, errands, shopping, transportation, and companionship.

Home health care is often an integral component of the post hospitalization recovery process, especially during the initial weeks after discharge when the patient still requires some level of regular physical assistance. One still gets all the benefits of nursing services home care, but the patient is getting them at the house he or she knows and loves. This is a particular benefit for people who are strongly involved in their community and don’t want to leave, or have deep emotional attachments to their home and don’t like the thought of leaving it. A lot of people aren’t ready to give up the life they know for that. And they don’t have to!