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Home Health Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Why Home Health Care for Seniors and People With Disabilities?

Home Health Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities

There are many types of home health care for seniors and people with disabilities. When people get to a point where they are not able to do things for themselves either due to aging, accident,  illness or disability, home health care is a great option to living in expensive and isolating institutional care.  It is important when considering a home health care agency to get an in-home assessment. During this assessment, it is important to convey what services you feel you need as well as what services are being provided by other agencies. This article will review some of the types of home health care services that are available.

Types of Home Health Care

 

Personal Care

One type of care is called personal care, non-medical care or private duty work.  The purpose of this type of care, is to help seniors, and people with disabilities, to live independently, in a safe, active, and familiar setting. This type of care is often the preferred type of care given the alternative, which is people moving out of their homes into a more expensive, typically smaller and less desirable setting.

Home health care services include assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s), every day activities that people do independently.  Home health care personal care ADL’s include assistance with dressing, toileting, continence, meal preparation, feeding, bathing, laundry, and transferring (walking). An individual’s ability to perform these ADLs is an important part of understanding the type of services that are needed.

 

Companionship

Another home care service home health agencies provide is companionship. Seniors and people with disabilities often need to be transported and accompanied to medical appointments, recreational activities, and shopping.

 

A Wide Variety of Customized Care

Home Care provided to seniors and people with Disabilities can vary from those who need a little extra help such as a few hours a week of care, to those who may need 24 hours a day and 7 days a week care. Live-in home health care is also available for those who need that service.

 

Respite Care

Some family caregivers even use home health care services as respite services. Using home care services as respite services is a great idea because it allows the family member a chance to take a break from providing care to their loved one, and can be a big stress reliever, especially for those family members, who have children or others to care for as well, or who need to travel or go on vacation.

 

Medication Reminders

Medication Reminders can be essential to helping people live independently because it has been estimated that four out of five adults are currently taking at least one medication while nearly one-third of adults are taking more than four prescription medications. Especially for seniors, getting medication reminder and assistance with labels can be a big help to remain independent.

 

Light Housekeeping

This type of Home Health, light housekeeping services, includes vacuuming, mopping of floors, dusting, cleaning kitchens and bathrooms. Picking up after the individual also helps in preventing accidents from slips and falls.

 

Getting Help: Start With A Service Plan

In order to provide customized care for each client, home health care agencies need to perform an assessment. The assessment looks at the strengths of the individual, and areas of From the assessment, we create a service plan which can include care provided for a few hours a week, to full time care. This all depends on the unique health care needs of the individual.

To get your free in-home assessment-give us a call at 800-296-9962 or send us a message.

Best Homecare Agencies Dedham MA

Who Are The Best Home Care Agencies Dedham MA?

When you have the responsibility for the care of a loved one, you don’t want to trust just anyone to help.

Best Homecare Agencies Dedham MA

If you or a loved one need personal care, otherwise known as home care, you need an agency that has experience and a track record of helping families put together a plan that is affordable and responsive to the needs of the person needing the care.

If you know of other people who have been through the same situation -the best thing to do is to ask them who they know and trust to help with homecare services. Having personal experience with an agency is the best way of assessing their capabilities.

 

Agencies vs. Individuals

If you do not have any friends or family who know of a good agency, and you are not aware of any resources-it pays to take the time to do some research on the best homecare agencies in your local area. The reason we mention agencies vs. individual homecare providers is that the individual provider may have to juggle the individual needs and schedules of many patients. This makes their availability very limited. They may get sick, take vacation, or  need to spend more time with another client whose health may be declining. They also may not have the level of skill needed to care for you or your loved one should their health needs become more complex.

Advantages of Working with an Agency

Given these difficulties mentioned above, in dealing with an individual- we recommend you choose a homecare agency who can assign a homecare worker, but who also has additional staff members, and even more specialized care, if it is needed.

Another advantage of an agency is that they typically have a wider range of services available because they can draw from many different team members or established partners.

Still another advantage of an agency is that they fully screen their staff because their reputation is essential for their success as a business. They do background checks, and check references to ensure that the people they hire are responsible and have a clean background.

Screening Agencies

We do recommend you take the time to screen the agency to determine if it is a good fit. You want to make sure the agency provides all the services you need so you only have to deal with one agency, if possible.

Potential Questions to Ask Homecare Agencies Include:

  • How long have you been providing this service to the community?
  • Do you have references that are familiar with you work?
  • Do you provide in-home evaluations of the patient’s home care needs? If so, what does the evaluation entail?
  • Do you offer the patient and their family a care plan?
  • Do you have 24 hour availability for your care givers?
  • What are your fees, and services?

Download the Guide to the Choosing the Best Homecare Agencies for more details.

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If you found this information helpful and you’d like to learn more about whether you or your loved one qualifies for in home care services request a personalized in home price quote by clicking here, or just call us at (800) 296-9962 to set up your free, no obligation, in home assessment.