Better Health Outcomes
Studies have shown that older adults working with home health aides have better outcomes than those residing in nursing homes or receiving no care. Additionally, wellness and quality of life are greater, medication efficacy is improved, and many illnesses are briefer with fewer complications.
Managing medications can be confusing, even for younger adults. Dosages and schedules change, prescriptions can be challenging to maintain, and side effects difficult to track.
A home health aide is a licensed/certified paraprofessional experienced and knowledgeable in medication management. They ensure that medications are current/unexpired, taken according to directions, and on schedule.
It can be difficult for older adults to manage their diet and nutrition. Cooking can become daunting and potentially dangerous, and keeping healthy schedules is difficult for individuals of all ages.
Home health aides may assist in grocery and cooking support. They also track habits, general health and wellness, and the impact of their client’s nutritional intake.
When necessary, they will inform family members and their client’s Case Management team that additional support and monitoring may be beneficial, including a nutritionist or dietician in the support team.
While nursing homes and retirement communities consume the bulk of a senior’s savings, home health aides are compensated per hour of service, a substantial difference from a live-in facility. This financial relief can make a difference (and provide much-needed relief) for whoever is paying for the care.
In addition to their tangible assistance, bonds tend to develop between home health aides and their clients. This companionship can be of great value to an older adult and you. The familiarity developed between the client and aide makes home health aides an essential resource as you work together to track, manage, and maintain the health and independence of the older adult in your life. Many clients consider their home health aide an extended member of their family.
Home healthcare agencies provide support and partnership. They work to collaborate with existing support systems toward the goal of improving the independence, happiness, and health of clients.
Learn more about how the older adult in your life can benefit from partnering with a home healthcare agency. Request a free consultation below now.