After hospitalization, most people prefer to heal at home. Equally, the elderly prefer to stay home rather than go to a skilled nursing facility. Here are 7 benefits of receiving care at home that you may not be aware of.
1) Home Care Can Reduce Falls and Hospital Re-admissions
Patients may have safety concerns at home due to being hospitalized for medical illness. One of these concerns could be the risk of falls. The truth is that falls are quite common in the hospital. However, an elderly or ill person is less likely to suffer a serious event at home compared to an acute care setting. Fortunately, home care can also reduce the rate of hospital re-admissions.
2) Even if You Only Need Help With Housework, You Can Get Help
Perhaps there’s no need for help with medications or post-surgical care. Moreover, your biggest concern could be that you or your loved one won’t be able to cook, clean, or generally take care of activities of daily living. It turns out that this is no longer a reason to stay in the hospital or nursing home. You don’t need to hire a skilled professional. Many agencies provide home health aides, who can help you or a family member cook and clean, and even provide help with bathing.
3) You Can Get Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at Home
If you’ve had surgery and you’ll be needing physical or occupational therapy, you don’t have to go to a rehabilitation facility. In most communities, at-home physical therapy services are available. Another benefit that at-home therapy provides, is the opportunity to assess the safety and accessibility of the home environment. A therapist’s trained eyes can spot fall hazards or bathroom dangers and provide helpful preventive advice.
4) You Can Get a Break From Caring For an Ill or Elderly Loved One
Caring for a family member is time-consuming and stressful. In the past, there was no relief from these burdens apart from having the ill or elderly family member admitted to the hospital. Now, with at-home respite care, your loved one can remain at home with a certified caregiver.
5) Being monitored without being in the hospital
Numerous patients would stay in hospitals for lengthy amounts of time; this was due to the constant need of monitoring. With the invention of wearable technology many of these problems have been solved. Patients can be monitored at home with this technology. Many cardiac and respiratory monitoring functions that could only be performed at hospitals can now be done safely in the home setting.
6) Specialists Can Help You Adapt Your Home to Fit Your Changing Needs
If you or your loved one is getting on in years and is unsure of the feasibility of staying at home for the long term, you can engage a professional to come to your home and make an assessment
7) Here’s the Surprise: Hospital Level of Care Provided at Home
Specialty pharmacies and home nursing agencies collaborate to provide safe and effective care to patients at home.
Home care is safe, effective and can prevent hospitalization or nursing home placement. If this is an option you should certainly consider discussing it with your physician.
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If the time has come to explore options for a loved one please contact Leading Health Care of Louisiana today! Leading Health Care promises to make a lasting contribution to society and to help people live a better life through in-home care. We serve individuals needing assistance with daily living skills, medical appointments and community activities. Contact us today for your complimentary assessment and consultation.