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Home Health Care: Information You Should Know

Home health care is just what the name suggests – health care services that can be taken care of in your home. There are quite a number of these possible home-based services, and they can be cheaper, as useful, and more convenient than the services you could get in a hospital or other nursing facility.

The point of home health care is to take care of an illness, injury, or other ailment. The idea is to get your independence, confidence, and self-sufficient behavior back on target as quickly as possible in your own environment.

Home health care service options include physical and occupational therapy, caring for wounds, patient and caregiver education, speech-language therapy, nutrition therapy, intravenous therapy, injections, monitoring unstable health status, and monitoring serious illness. Home health aid, in addition, includes helping with activities like getting into and out of bed, bathing, getting dressed, eating, and using the bathroom. Depending on the situation, other health aid might be light housekeeping, shopping, cooking, and doing laundry.

Many agencies do this type of home health care work. Be advised though, that some health insurers will only pay for agencies that they have certified. Check your local listings, and search on the internet for local places that provide the exact services that you require, and make sure your insurance types match up to the given specs.

When present, home health care staff will check what you’re eating and drinking, check things like blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing, make sure that you are taking your prescriptions, drugs, and other treatments appropriately, check if you’re in pain, be aware of the safety in your home, teach you to care for yourself over time, and coordinate your care with you, your doctor, and others who treat you.

It’s very important that you understand how your plan of care works. An agency member will consult with you and your doctor to make this happen. The plan of care includes what services you need, which care professionals should give those services, how often those services are required, what medical equipment is needed, and what results you expect. All involved will review this plan as often as required to do the job properly.

Make sure to ask regular questions if you’re getting home health care as well. Think to yourself if they are treating you politely, explaining why they are doing what they’re doing, checking in with you daily about your mental and physical condition, and always suggesting ways for improving your care.

After that quick refresher, you should now be able to do a little research to determine if home health care is the best decision for you.