Home Care for Seniors: An Overview

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On January 7, 2013, Posted by , In Home Care,Live-In Care, By ,, , With Comments Off on Home Care for Seniors: An Overview

Home is where the heart is. For many seniors it is also a cherished cornerstone of their independence, identity and overall quality of life. Remaining in the comfort and familiarity of home, as a part of the community, and close to loved ones can be very beneficial, and home care is an excellent option for those who require special services, but value the freedom of living independently.

In-home care is now a robust and well established industry. According to the National Association of Home Care & Hospice, more than 7.5 million Americans currently receive home care, provided by over 17,000 different agencies across the country. The following home health services are likely available in your area:

  • Skilled nursing care
  • Homemaker/Health aides
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Respite care
  • Hospice

Skilled Nursing In-Home Care

This type of home care is usually prescribed by a physician. Services can include post-operative care, wound care, injections and intravenous drug therapy, ventilator care and cardiovascular disease management. Though the most expensive type of home care, it is the most likely to be covered by Medicare.

Homemaker and Health Aides

Home care provided by homemakers or health aides is typically less intensive, but covers a broader range of services. Health aides provide assistance with basic needs like dressing, eating, bathing and toileting. Some agencies offer health aides who are qualified to perform simple medical tasks under the indirect supervision of a registered nurse. Homemakers specialize in maintaining the household: grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning and laundry. Homemakers do not provide hands-on help with personal care.

Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists

These home carers work with patients who have suffered a stroke or are recovering from major surgery. Physical therapists work to improve the patient’s muscle strength and mobility through exercise, stimulation and massage. Occupational therapists help seniors regain or improve their ability to perform basic household routines, using special techniques or equipment. Speech therapists assist in the restoration of speech, and also work with patients on their breathing, swallowing and facial muscle control.

Respite In-Home Care

This in-home care option can include any of the above services, and is designed to provide intermittent professional care in situations where a spouse or family member is the primary caregiver. It gives the primary caregiver an occasional break, a mental and physical respite from the rigors of daily care. It also allows the patient space and time apart from the primary caregiver, and helps ensure that the he or she receives a consistent quality of care.

Hospice Home Care

End of life care involves significant cooperation between family members and health care professionals. Hospice at home requires a team approach and round-the-clock care. Home carers can work with family and hospice volunteers to ensure the patient is comfortable and attended at all times.

Source:  http://www.homeadvisor.com/

Contact Pure Home Care Services at (586) 293-2457 today!  If you live in Warren or the surrounding area, we can help you care for your loved ones.

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