Caring for an aging parent, aunt, uncle, or other loved one can be difficult. Especially while managing your other responsibilities, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed. Luckily, there are quality home health care services that can step in to help both you and your cherished loved one. Below, we’ll look into some of the advantages you can expect.
Quality Physical and Occupational Therapy Sessions
Home health care services extend beyond the basics of getting through a day. In addition to helping with meal preparations and personal care, a certified aide can provide rehabilitative services, such as physical and occupational therapy. With no need to leave home, your loved one will have access to the conditioning they need to recover from an injury or surgical procedure.
Further, a qualified home health aide will be able to provide ongoing monitoring, as well as an assessment of the accessibility and safety of the home environment. Per the CDC, “Every second of every day in the United States, an older adult falls, making falls the number one cause of injuries, and deaths from injury, among older Americans.” Your home health aide will be able to identify the sometimes-innocuous hazards that cause such falls – loose rugs, lack of hand-holds, potentially-slippery surfaces, and more.
Greater Support and Independence
A loss of independence is one of the significant barriers to overcome when trying to convince someone that they may need help. Relinquishing a home and moving into an assisted-care facility is not always viewed as an attractive option, even for people who appreciate that something needs to be done. One of the most significant advantages of home health care is that it takes place in the home. Without having to give up their place of comfort, a senior can receive support with meal preparation, bathing, daily chores, and all of the other activities that are required by day-to-day life. A home care aide is a partner, providing all the support needed to ensure safety, comfort, and fulfillment.
Relief for Caregivers
Caregiving is no easy task (we can ask our parents for confirmation). A caregiver’s day may include transportation, personal assistance, medication management, exercise, meal preparation, and much more. It doesn’t always leave much room for personal obligations, and it can be nearly impossible to manage if you have a job or children.
An often overlooked benefit of home health care is that it gives you a break, too, by lifting the burden from your shoulders. Whether your elder qualifies for 24-hour care or someone is there throughout the day to support the basics of daily living, you’ll find yourself with the freedom to manage your other responsibilities, secure in the knowledge that your loved one’s needs are being met.
Trips To The Hospital Can Be Avoided
Except for celebrating the birth of a child, it’s likely safe to assume that nobody wants to have to visit a hospital. Elderly adults, especially those with limited mobility, are well served by avoiding such stressful trips. A qualified home health agency doesn’t just employ home health aides but registered nurses as well. Working together as a team, they can monitor and manage a patient in-home, removing the need to make frequent, unnecessary trips to a medical facility.
Home health care provides support for older adults – whether recovering from injury or simply needing help with daily tasks – and does so without requiring relocation from home. Contact your local home health care agency for quality home health care services. Find out how they can help improve your loved one’s (and your own) quality of life.
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