Choosing the Right Home Health Care Provider in Wichita: Four Questions You Should Be Asking

Choosing the Right Home Health Care Provider in Wichita: Four Questions You Should Be Asking

When your loved one is unwell and requires regular skilled nursing care, but you don’t want them to feel isolated or separated from their family, a health-care provider can give you the solution you’re looking for. A home health-care agency, like Serenity Home Health, can provide your loved one with the assistance and treatment that they need to live comfortably. A great home health-care provider offers a variety of services to help patients improve strength and mobility and manage chronic illnesses or injuries, all without having to leave the comfort and safety of their own home. However, some home health care providers are certainly better than others. Make sure that you ask the following questions so that you can ensure that you are getting your loved one the proper, certified care that they need. Is the Agency Medicare-Certified? Medicare is available for: People who are 65 or older Certain younger people with disabilities People with End-Stage Renal Disease If you or your loved one qualify for assistance from Medicare, they will help cover important costs, such as hospital stays, hospice care, and prescription drugs. When selecting a home health care agency, it is crucial that they are Medicare-certified, otherwise their services will not be covered by Medicare. Luckily for you, Serenity Home Health, is one of the most qualified home health-care providers in the nation. Since the inception of Medicare’s rankings, Serenity Home Health was one of only thirty home health agencies in the nation to receive a double 5-star rating (for Patient Quality and Patient Satisfaction) out of more than 12,200 in the United States. No other Kansas...
Home Health Care vs. Assisted Living: A Look at the Differences

Home Health Care vs. Assisted Living: A Look at the Differences

For many individuals, finding the right care for a loved one who is struggling with medical or personal needs, the options out there can seem a bit confusing. What is best for them? Should they move to a community or facility? Or should they receive home health care in their home?  Below, we are going to discuss the differences between home health vs. assisted living.   Assisted living generally provides personal care in a home-like, social setting. Trained medical personnel on staff but they are usually there in case of emergency and do not perform routine medical care.  Home health care encompasses a wide range of health care services in the home. These services help patients recover, sustain or improve strength and mobility, as well as improve communication and skills of daily living. Home Health team members work to meet the patient’s goals of care, in the safety and convenience of a home setting. Home Health Care As conditions progress or individuals need more specialized medical care, most prefer to remain in their own homes if possible. Each person has their preferences but may prefer the privacy of their own home when receiving treatment and enjoy being in a more comfortable space. Home health care can also help to prevent your loved one from having to go to the hospital by providing skilled nursing care and assessments in the home setting.   In general, when a person needs regular health care services but getting to a health care provider’s office or clinic requires a considerable or taxing effort, home health care is often a recommended choice.  Home Health Care Costs The...
Fun Sit Down Games for Senior Citizens That Can be Played Solo

Fun Sit Down Games for Senior Citizens That Can be Played Solo

With the recent COVID-19 situation, seniors are staying in their homes to protect their health. Whether your senior friend or loved one has been at home due to quarantine for a few weeks or for a longer amount of time due to chronic health-related reasons, it can be hard to find solo activities for them that are fun and engaging. Cognitive health – the ability to clearly thing, learn, and remember – is an important component of brain health. Being intellectually engaged also helps with motor, sensory and emotional functioning. Persons who engage in meaningful activities, such as volunteering or hobbies, say that they feel happier and healthier. Staying connected to family and friends – by phone or email during this pandemic – will also help with isolation and engagement in the world. Seniors must keep their minds active. Older adults who actively participated in intellectual activities — such as reading and playing card and board games — were at lower risk for dementia later in life, according to findings referenced in “Reading, Playing Games in Late Life May Delay, Prevent Dementia” by Helio Psychiatry. What Types of Games are Best for Seniors? Games that enhance hand-eye coordination through the movement and manipulation of pieces. Games that strengthen mental capacity through word-related activities, mental exercises or questions that encourage verbalization of ideas. Games that improve recall by facilitating the recollection of memories with verbal interaction or pictures. Games that forge mental connections by association. 1. Cup Stacking Cup stacking, also referred to as sport stacking, originated in the early 1980s and is exactly what it sounds like. You stack...
Does Your Loved One Need Home Nursing Care? Here’s How To Tell

Does Your Loved One Need Home Nursing Care? Here’s How To Tell

Many seniors and others with chronic illness or a disability require help to ensure they are safe, and that their condition does not progress. Usually, this includes finding your family member or friend a location where qualified professionals can be responsive to their needs 24 hours a day. The goal is to determine the care options that will meet the needs of your loved one. While reading this post, consider available options that will give your family member the most appropriate care based on their personal needs. The Difference Between In-Home Nursing Services and a Home Care Assistant If most of your loved one’s needs are medical and they do not need assistance with Activities for daily living (ADLs) such as grooming, bathing, going to the grocery store, preparing meals, and functional mobility., then home nursing care will be a more reasonable option. Our expert team of skilled nurses, therapists, and social workers offer the following therapies, treatments, and services: Advanced & Complex Wound Care Diabetic Management & Education Chronic Disease Management & Education Medication Management & Education Some patients receive in-home skilled nursing care and have a home care assistant. It all depends on the patient’s condition and medical requirements At Serenity Home Health, we specialize exclusively in the latter and do not solely offer personal care services. Learn More About Nursing Care with Serenity Home Health Signs an In-Home Nurse is Right for Your Loved One When a patient cannot leave their home (homebound), they may benefit from home health. You may have easily taken them to and from appointments in the past, but when doing so...
What is Included in Family Home Health Care?

What is Included in Family Home Health Care?

Many health care treatments that were once only accessible in a clinical setting can now be performed in the home. From medication management to chronic disease management and education to dietary and nutrition services, home health care offers convenient and effective skilled nursing services to those who need them most. Through skilled nursing services, we want caregivers to feel prepared and supported, giving them the resources they need to keep their loved ones safe – while being able to control their own stress levels.  Before we dive into the services your loved one could receive through home health care, it is important to know that as a Medicare Certified health care provider, Serenity Home Health is able to provide services to those who are eligible. If qualifications are met, there will be no out of pocket expenses for either the patient or their family.  Who is Eligible for Home Health Care? According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the following factors contribute to home health care eligibility: If the patient is currently under the direct care of a doctor and following a health care plan that’s been created and reviewed by them. They require a doctor for the following: Physical therapy Speech and language services Skilled nursing care (intermittent or part-time) Regular occupational therapy  The home health agency that’s caring for the patient is Medicare certified. The patient is homebound and getting out to receive medical services is a “considerable or taxing effort”. They cannot leave their home because of injury or illness, or it simply isn’t recommended due to the condition of their health. They are...
What is Home Health Care? A Look at the Benefits and More

What is Home Health Care? A Look at the Benefits and More

What is Home Health Care? A Look at the Benefits and More What is home health care? Home health care encompasses a wide range of health care services that are provided in the home for those who are experiencing illness or injury under the direction of a physician. It can often delay the need for long-term nursing home care. Receiving care in the home is almost always a more convenient option for families like yours while being just as effective in terms of the level of care received in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital.  In fact, some would argue that it is more effective, as the home health clinician’s attention is solely on you or your loved one and care is given in the comfort of home. People concerned about the affordability of Home Health Care will be pleased to learn that Serenity Home Health is a Medicare Certified health care provider—all services for Medicare beneficiaries are paid for by Medicare with no out of pocket expenses to the patient or the family. There are a number of examples of services that home health care agencies provide. These services can include: In-home nursing care and medical management Nutrition and dietary monitoring and education Occupational, speech, and physical therapy Wound care and management Patient and family education Medical social services and counseling Learn More About Home Health Services at Serenity In general, when a person needs health care but getting to a health care provider’s office or clinic, etc., requires a considerable or taxing effort, home health care is often a recommended choice. For example, when the patient...