When is Home Health Care Needed?
It is no surprise that 90% of Americans want to age in place – at home. Now more than ever, medical experts agree that aging in place is the best choice. It’s healthier. It’s more flexible. In fact, we typically think of senior citizens as the primary clients for home health care. While they are the primary consumer, there are many other people with a variety of mental and physical issues who require the services of a home health agency.
For seniors in particular, there are some indications that home health care may be warranted:
A history of falls
Weight loss, diminished appetite or willingness to prepare meals, or spoiled food in the refrigerator
Problems with walking or balance, getting up or down, or transferring in and out of bed
Diminished driving skills or recent car accidents
Changes in personal grooming or hygiene such as uncombed hair, body odor, infrequent bathing or shaving, or wearing unclean or stained clothing
Not remembering to take medication or get prescriptions refilled, difficulty managing multiple prescriptions
The home has become cluttered or unclean
Paperwork is piling up or bills are not being paid
A loss of interest in socializing or in activities that were once enjoyed
Confusion, memory loss, difficulty concentrating and changes in personality which may be signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
Prenatal or Postpartum Moms
Women who have difficult pregnancies and are on bed rest may need the services of a home health care agency to help around the home and provide basic assistance, including aiding in monitoring her overall health. Home health care agencies also provide postpartum care for women, particularly in case of a cesarean, and may help provide newborn care as well.
Regardless of age, many clients who are facing the end of life wish to be at home. Many home health care agencies offer hospice services, a specialized form of care that is designed to provide comfort and support for those who are facing a life-limiting illness.
Chronic Illness/Surgical Recovery
Any adults who are home bound due to a major operation or chronic illness may benefit from the services of a home health care agency. Home health care staff can not only help you with your basic needs and recovery, but they can also provide support for home keeping responsibilities until you are able to again.