More and more patients are in need of medical care, support and other at home healthcare services after they are discharged from a hospital or other medical facility. Professional in home care services include a wide range of services for:
- Discharged patients
- Disabled patients
- Chronically ill patients
- Terminally ill patients
These patients may need nursing, medical or social treatments and/or they may need help taking care of the activities associated with their daily needs.
Home healthcare services are provided by reputable agencies, and there are several types of agencies depending on the services provided and the community they serve. However, most provide care for patients of all ages and offer a comprehensive list of services to assist with the individual needs of their clients.
Before you hire services for yourself or your loved one, you may have some questions. The following is a few of the most common questions asked about at home healthcare services and how these services improve the quality of life for clients.
What Is A Caregiver?
A caregiver is a person who provides assistance to another person who has a mental or physical impairment. Although family members are usually considered primary caregivers, it is not uncommon for professionals to take the role of primary caregiver when family members and friends are absent.
Caregivers can run errands, prepare meals; provide companionship and personal care assistance. The caregiver does not have to be in the home full time to be considered a caregiver.
Who Are Considered The Best Candidates For Home Healthcare?
As briefly discussed earlier, there are certain patients who require additional care in the home, or need assistance with care they can no longer provide for themselves. When most people hear the words â€œat home careâ€, they typically think about seniors who have health conditions. Although seniors are no longer able to handle many tasks on their own, they are not ready to leave their homes. Home healthcare allows them to stay independent and get the care they need on their own schedule.
Mentally ill patients, new mothers, newborns, surgery patients, diabetic patients and Alzheimerâ€™s patients may all require different levels of home care for different reasons and for different durations. For example, a new mother may only need assistance in the home for a few weeks while adjusting to motherhood, while an Alzheimerâ€™s patient may need continuous, long term care.
These are just a few of the many questions you may have regarding at home healthcare services. Find an accredited and reputable agency in your area to learn more about how home healthcare services can improve your loved oneâ€™s physical, mental, emotional and social health.
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