• For everyone, from children to seniors, the thought of leaving the familiarity of home can be a scary and intimidating experience.• Relocating to new surroundings can prove to be a huge lifestyle shift for anyone at any age. Whether its after treatment, post-op, or even elder care as we age, homecare can mean more than just comfort, but also health and safety.
Researchers from the UK havereported that symptommanagement for patients withbreast and colorectal cancer treatedwith oral Xeloda® (capecitabine) wasbetter for patients who receivedhome care nursing than for patientsreceiving standard care.
Another study has indicated that half ofinfection deaths are linked to hospitalcare. According to a Wall Street Journalarticle, sepsis and pneumonia, twoinfections that can often be preventedwith tight infection control practices inhospitals, killed 48,000 patients andadded $8.1 billion to heath care costs in2006 alone.And yet another study has indicated that, giventhey are seeking the appropriate treatment fortheir condition, patients with chronic heartdisease fare better at home versus thehospital.
• What can be done to keep a family member or loved one in their home? Yes• Is there something you can do to Mobilize your family and friends ensure a loved one can remain to set up a plan of care for your home both healthily and safely? loved one, assigning each person a role; enlist supplemental caregivers where needed. Or, enlist the help of a home health provider.
You can also make these easy modifications to the home to make it safer:• Make sure area rugs have non-skid backing and are not placed in high-traffic areas• Place electric cords along walls, not under rugs, and away from traffic areas• Place a non-skid mat or strips in the standing area of the bathtub or shower• Install handrails securely on the walls of the bathtub and near the toilet• Make sure that the carpeting on stairs is securely fastened and free of fraying or holes, or place non-skid strips on uncarpeted stairways
You can also make these easy modifications to the home to make it safer:• Equip hallways with nightlights• Properly secure interior and exterior handrails on staircases and ramps• Ensure light switches are located at the top and bottom of stairways and at both ends of long hallways• Equip gas stoves with pilot lights and an automatic cut-off in the event of a flame failure• Repair steps and walkways with cracks, potholes and erosion to even it out
Often times, a visit to thehospital is unavoidable, but ifyou or your loved one has theoption to receive care and/orrecuperate at home, there areresources available to help youto make this happen.
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