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 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 needs the help of a friend or family member or if the patient must use an assistive device i.e. a walker, cane or wheelchair, this can qualify a person for home-delivered health care.
Some of the goals regarding this form of care tend to include:
- Slowing the decline of the condition
- Helping the patient regain independence
- Promote an optimal and comfortable level of well-being
- Avoiding hospitalization or admission to long-term care facilities
- Keeping patients safely in their homes
What to Expect from Home Health Care
- The first step is to call the agency and discuss care with agency personnel. The agency will then request and receive the order to evaluate the patient through a physician or other care provider.
- A care provider from the agency will then come and consult you or your loved one and perform an initial assessment to determine that individual’s needs that will inform the care plan. They will ask some questions regarding past and current health, the desired goals of the in-home care, etc.
- The agency then will create a plan with the doctor to ensure that proper care is administered. The home health clinicians work alongside your doctor to ensure optimal outcomes are achieved.
The things that the home health staff will do are tailored to a patient’s specific situation and change case by case, but some examples of these things include:
- Coordinate and communicate care plans (discussed above)
- Perform safety assessments
- Provide pain and medication management
- Check vitals and monitor progress
- Provide education on self-management of diseases and conditions
The Benefits of Home Health Care
Let’s take a closer look at some of the different reasons to choose home health care for yourself or your loved one.
Assessing and correcting safety issues in the home
Qualified and trained professionals can evaluate potential risks to you or your loved one’s safety, as well as making simple corrections around the home; from recommendations for assistive devices to removing a slippery rug on the floor that could cause a fall.
The activities of daily living (ADLs) are supported through home care activities
Adults are able to receive help with the personal care they need through in-home health care services, meaning they maintain their quality of life and their dignity is preserved.
Help with daily living activities can include medication reminders, grooming, and bathing until the patient or caregiver can safely perform these actions.
Other ADLs could include:
- Using phones or other communication devices
- Maintaining continence
Access to skilled nursing care and therapy in the home
Registered nurse case managers can provide skilled medical care in a familiar and comfortable environment for those who are experiencing injury or illness. These individuals are licensed and certified to provide high-quality care and have the knowledge needed to use high-tech medical equipment should it be needed for treatment.
Professional physical, occupational and speech therapy can also be provided in the home to improve strength, stamina, and endurance – allowing patients to continue to stay in their home for longer.
Support with nutrition and diet
Are you or the person you love getting the right nutrition in order to stay healthy and recover as quickly as possible?
Individuals who have recently been discharged from a nursing or hospital facility, as well as people with chronic conditions and those aged 65-years-old or older, are more likely to have challenges managing their nutrition and diet.
Home care can include meal plans and nutritional counseling to ensure your loved one is protected against malnutrition.
The team at Serenity Home Health helps patients gain an understanding of proper nutrition and its benefits so that they can make informed choices on their own.
When someone needs to take a number of different medications, it can be difficult to manage. Home health care professionals can set up medication planners to help ensure that the correct medicine is being taken when it should be so that health conditions are controlled and harmful drug interactions are avoided.
One-on-one support and focus
This is what makes home healthcare services truly unique, as you or your loved one will receive personalized care plans and skilled nursing on a one-to-one basis.
A care provider who spends an extensive amount of time with a patient becomes more in tune with their needs and are more likely to notice condition changes when they occur and discuss care plan adjustments with the physician.
At Serenity Home Health Care, we are recognized both nationally and locally for providing high-quality home health care to patients living in the Wichita, KS area. Serenity was one of only 30 Home Health Agencies in the Nation to receive a Double 5-Star Rating out of more than 12,200 in the United States — and the only one to receive this distinction in Kansas.
Home Health can help to prevent hospital admissions – or readmissions, by providing skilled care and assessments in the home setting.
"After completing my home health therapy, I had my first therapy session away from my home, at Via Christi/Genesis. My therapist there said that my Serenity therapists did an outstanding job. Your nurses were wonderful! I will recommend Serenity Home Health to everyone."
- Theresa L. Cromwell, Wichita
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