We all want to live a long, healthy life. As we age, maintaining independence is the goal of most people. But with age, certain health conditions and events become an issue. Recent surgery, chronic illness, or aging in general often require supplemental care.
Most of us prefer to stay at home rather than in a facility. Home care, in many cases, is the preferred alternative. It is usually more cost effective, safer and offers a healing environment.
Today families are geographically spread out. While concerned about aging parents, adult children live at a distance making direct involvement in care mostly impossible. They are frustrated and worried about their aging parents. Elderly loved ones often don’t want to bother family members. They are often unaware of how serious their condition may be, and in denial of needing assistance, or reluctant to spend money for care.
A patient evaluation or POC becomes the basis for a plan of care. The POC is continually monitored and communicated to all involved with the patient. The family has peace of mind and the patient receives quality care.
When does a person need home care? Has the person experienced recent falls, memory lapses, confusion, depression, unsafe driving situations, unpaid bills? Is your loved one eating nutritious, balanced meals? Drinking enough liquids for good hydration? Are there medications and doctors’ visits being managed and coordinated? Do they need assistance with daily living – homemaking, personal care and more serious physical and medical issues?
What are the options? How do you pay for home care? How do you develop the right care plan and select the best caregiver?
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