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Home Health Care
It's Not Just for Inside the Home

The home health care industry is the fastest growing segment of supportive and health care services today. Despite its growth, many people are still unaware of all that home health care has to offer, especially those services provided outside the comforts of home.

What is home health care?
Simply put, home health care includes medical and non-medical services provided in the comfort of a person’s own home. Depending on the type of care needed, home health caregivers may be nurses, home health aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, or social workers. Each person’s situation is unique.

For people who are relatively healthy, but need help to remain at home, home health care services might include companionship, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, and laundry.
For people with health problems, assistance is provided based on their needs. For some, help with tasks such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and navigating the stairs might be all that is needed. For others, skilled nursing services may be required.

Individuals who have physical limitations that require special assistance or devices for walking, breathing, or other medical issues can have the opportunity to leave the home with the help of a nurse or home health aide (depending on the person’s condition). This allows them the ability to experience the things that may have seemed impossible on their own.
Stepping outside the home

Home health aides and nurses are trained to help people have a safe home life. In addition, they are trained escorts who can accompany many homebound people outside the home, including to church, to the dentist’s appointment, to the hair salon, and even on vacations.

With home health caregivers, excursions outside the home can be a reality. These nurses and aides can stay with an individual through an event, appointment, or social gathering, providing one-on-one care to ensure the person’s safety and comfort.

Medical appointments and procedures
Home health care assistants can provide transportation and accompaniment to and from health care facilities—escorting to doctors’ appointments, surgical procedures, and rehabilitation sessions. These services allow the reassurance that the individual will arrive on time and in the safest manner possible.

Recreational and social outings
Socializing can go a long way to eliminating or reducing many of the physical and psychosocial problems associated with aging. Activities and events like bingo, shopping, family gatherings, and picnics all help homebound people retain their dignity and give them a better quality of life. Safe, compassionate, and reliable escorts on these outings can give peace of mind and assure a great time for all.

Respite care for caregivers
It is often difficult in today’s fast-paced world to juggle family, work, and other obligations. This is especially true for a child of an aging parent who is now their primary caregiver. Home health care can provide support for primary caregivers who may need time to tend to their own personal needs (from a few hours to a few days).

Home health nurses and aides escorting an aging relative to an outing reassure family members that their loved one will arrive safely to their destination. When they return, the nurse or aide can relay any important health and well-being information.

Home health care can solve many problems and reduce worries. It can be the ideal way to preserve a person’s independence and their family’s peace of mind.


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