When the time comes for you or your loved one to enlist help for chronic disease management, a lot of tough decisions become part of the equation. Not only is it a stressful time, full of emotion and discomfort, but the many options available in your area make it overwhelming as well. We understand that at Tender Care Home Health, and want to help ease the stress of sifting through endless amounts of information by simplifying your criteria into 5 important factors that can help you choose an agency that’s right for you. It’s an important decision – one that should ignite motivation to feel better and live a more quality life, not add to the burden you already face. Here’s what you should consider:
Know the Difference.
Many people come across home health care and home care options when they’re searching for help managing their chronic disease. At first glance, they may seem like the same type of care, but it’s important to know the difference so that you’re getting the level of care you need.
To start, home health care typically encompasses care administered by a trained clinical professional or a skilled nursing staff. Often, it’s prescribed by your doctor as part of your treatment plan once you’ve left the hospital. These services include things like skilled nursing, at-home physical therapy, wound care, and pain and prescription management.
In contrast, home care services are usually non-clinical, such as personal grooming, help with orientation and mobility, and personal assistance with daily tasks. These types of services can help a patient maintain quality of life while living at home, but don’t require the expertise of someone with a medical license. In addition, one major difference is that the services offered by traditional home care are not usually covered by insurance and Medicare, unless it is part of the prescribed home health care for an illness or injury.
Research Services They Provide.
Once you’ve confirmed that an agency provides the level of professional care that you need, find out what their specific list of services includes. A traditional home health care agency will provide the following:
- Skilled Nursing | Wound dressing, ostomy care, IV therapy, medication administration, pain control, and general health monitoring and support.
- Physical, Occupational and/or Speech Therapy
- Medical Social Services
- Home Health Aides | Help accomplishing basic personal needs, such as getting out of bed, walking, bathing, dressing, and more.
Build a Bridge Between You and Your Doctor.
Whether your needs include coordination for daily tasks, and help taking your medication, or they require more detailed medical attention, the road to feeling better can be packed with overwhelming elements to remember and execute correctly. It’s often hard to remember everything the doctor says, and sometimes it’s difficult to remember to tell your doctor everything he or she may need to know.
A home health care agency is the bridge that helps seamlessly translate your doctors orders into efficient treatment plans that will help you get better. Plus, when you’re too sick, tired, or confused to remember the details from your office visits, or you can’t physically communicate your needs, your home health care provider can be both the eyes and ears of your doctor to help coordinate the best care for you.
Find Comfort in Your Own Home.
One of the scariest parts of managing a chronic disease is the threat of having to spend time in the hospital. It’s not your own bed, and you’re not surrounded by your personal belongings to help ease the discomfort of being sick. A home health care agency can combine that level of medical care with the comfort of being in your own home – often giving patients the confidence they need to get better.
Home visits also allow the nurses and clinicians to better evaluate a patient’s specific needs and challenges, communicating to his or her doctor things he or she may not be aware of. It helps teach a patient how to independently manage their chronic disease in the place where they’ll be doing it the most. Being in the privacy and comfort of their own home often makes any chronic disease a lot more manageable.
Reduce Your Hospital Visits.
Building upon that important aspect of home health care, being at home also helps support the goal of the healthcare team at Tender Care Home Health – to help a patient get better, not just keep them from getting worse. That means, a home health care agency that works with the patient to teach them how to care for their disease is one who has your best interests at heart.
This happens through a focused team of clinical professionals and nurses who can identify what’s keeping a patient from getting better. They can assess attitudes, and execute behavior modification techniques, that can change a patient’s perspective, and inspire independence as they learn to do many of their treatments themselves. This element of self-efficacy reduces repeat hospital visits – in fact, often it can eliminate them forever.
With so many options for home health care, these tools can help you determine the best fit for you and/or your loved one. At Tender Care Home Health, every patient is our priority and we’re dedicated to helping you find the best fit for your needs. When you find that perfect fit, you’ll gain independence at home, which delivers a better quality of life for you and your loved ones.
Knowing that might have you feeling better already.