As one of the most cost-effective healthcare solutions for senior patients, home care offers a more positive environment, promotes healing, helps to prevent infections, improves the quality of life, and is proven to extend life. In addition, this type of medical care not only allows patients to maintain their independence but also eliminates or at least postpones the need for institutionalization. As such, it helps keep families together.
For patients recovering from surgery and those with acute injuries or chronic illnesses, home care is currently the preferred alternative to nursing or hospital care. According to statistics, the availability of this particular type of medical care results in faster recoveries, fewer hospital admissions, and reduced healthcare costs. Technological advancements make it possible for professional health practitioners to provide the highest levels of care possible within a nurturing home environment. With advances in technology, an aging population, and the rising cost of hospital stays, the healthcare industry currently relies on this type of medical care as the most viable option to complete a patient’s healing process.
Most Medicare-certified and state-licensed home health agencies provide the following core services:
• Apart from developing a plan of care that includes the patient and their family with the patient’s doctor, nurses are also responsible for nursing care treatments.
• Home health aides assist with everyday routines such as bathing and medication reminders, albeit under the supervision of a registered nurse.
• Through exercises, instructions, and several other therapeutic treatments, physical therapists work to relieve joint and muscle pain, improve gait and mobility, and restore muscle function.
• With instructions on living with disabilities, self-care, and how to use adaptive equipment, occupational therapists guide patients back to the routines of everyday life.
• Speech therapists work on swallowing and speech problems like those caused by stroke.
• Apart from providing counseling and case management services to patients and their families, medical social workers are also helpful when it comes to identifying suitable community services.