Receiving home health care as an elderly is a wide range of different services. The type of care you can receive will range from nursing care to specialized medical services, such as laboratory workups. Alongside your doctor, you will determine your individualized care plan and other services you may need at home.
The range of services provided for Home Health Care limitless, of course depending on your needs and medical situation. Some of the services included may be:
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Nursing care is the most common type of Home Health Care and this type of care is based on your needs. In consultation with a doctor, a nurse will create an individualized care plan for you.
The nursing care may also include wound dressing, ostomy care, intravenous therapy, administering medication, monitoring the general health of the patient, pain control, and other health support.
Physical, Occupational, and/or Speech Therapy
In some cases, people may need to relearn how to perform daily duties, some may even need to improve their speech after an illness or injury. A physical therapist can put together a plan of care to help you regain, or strengthen, your use of different muscles and joints.
An occupational therapist can help you with physical, developmental, social, or emotional disabilities such as rediscovering how to perform daily functions for instance eating, bathing, dressing and so on.
A speech therapist will help you overcome impaired speech and regain the ability to communicate clearly again.
Medical Social Services
A medical social worker is a person who can provide various services such as counseling and locating community resources to help your recovery from an illness. Some social workers may also be your caseworker if your medical condition is very complex and requires coordination of many services.
Care from Home Health Aides
Home Health Aid will help you with your basic personal needs such as getting out of bed, walking, bathing, and dressing. Some of the health aides have also received specialized training to assist with more specialized care under the direct supervision of a registered nurse.
Homemaker or Basic Assistance Care
If you have decided to receive Home Health Care, and you are alone, you may become lonely, which is where a Homemaker is helpful. A homemaker will help you with chores and tasks to maintain the household such as meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, and other housekeeping items.
If you are living alone, having a companion is a great way to obtain comfort as well as supervision. Some companions offering companionship may also perform certain household duties.
Volunteers from community organizations can provide basic comfort to you. This can, for instance, happen through companionship, helping with personal care, providing transportation, emotional support, and/or helping with different paperwork.
Dietitians can come to your home and provide you with a dietary assessment as well as guidance to support your treatment plan.
Laboratory and X-ray imaging
Certain laboratory tests, such as blood and urine tests, can be performed in the comfort of your home. Also, some X-rays are portable, which allows lab technicians to perform X-rays in your home.
Medicine and medical equipment can be delivered to your home. In some cases, you can also receive training on how to take different medicines and/or how to use different equipment, including intravenous therapy.
Some companies provide transportation to and from different appointments and medical facility for treatment or physical exams.
This is also referred to as Meals-on-Wheels. Many communities offer this service to people, at home, who are unable to cook for themselves. Depending on your needs, hot meals can be delivered several times a week.