212016Jun

When is it Time to Seek Home Healthcare?

Although you are living home alone successfully, this may be the best time to begin researching all possible options before you need to make other living arrangements.  Your research will be done and you can feel at ease with your decision.

In the past several years there has been a growing demand for home healthcare services.  Home healthcare is medical care delivered in the home.  Services are provided by nurses, therapists (physical, occupational and speech), aides, and social workers.  The person may live in their own home, with a family member or friend, or in an assisted living facility.  Care in the home postpones living in a residential setting.

There are three criteria that must be met before services can be provided at home.  The agency must have orders from the physician, the person must have had a recent illness or injury, and, they must be homebound.   In other words, it would be difficult and would require a great deal of effort to leave the home.

We all tend to prefer to be cared for in the comfort of our own homes.   Generally, we function best in familiar surroundings, maintaining better independence as well as safety.  It is also less intimidating and less frightening than residing in a residential setting.  Anxiety and stress, which accompany illness, are greatly reduced when care is delivered in the home.

Home healthcare keeps families together.  Family members can take an active role in caregiving. Having loved ones close is most important during recovery from an illness.

Medicare covers home healthcare expenses 100%.  Many commercial insurance companies also provide benefits for care in the home.  If you or a loved one has suffered a recent illness or injury, you may qualify for home healthcare services.  Your physician would write an order for your local home healthcare agency to provide you with a free assessment to determine if you meet the criteria for services.  If you are questioning whether or not you or a loved one could benefit from home healthcare services, call us with your questions or concerns.




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