“ The need for homecare is growing, and so are the number of questions people have about it. ”In a recent blog entry, we faced five common misconceptions abouthome health care head-on, and now were topping it off with five morebecause, when it comes to your health or that of a loved one, there isno room for compromise.
1 If I get home health care, I have no say in who my caregiver should beCaregiver compatibility is imperative due to the personal nature ofhomecare. When you arrange for a care professional to come into yourhome, you must ensure that you find someone you can trust.Each family should be matched with a caregiver with whom they arecomfortable, which is why family members should must identify whatthey would like in a caregiver and be upfront about this with yourhomecare provider.
2 I may need homecare, but it is unsafe to invite a stranger into my home.From a security standpoint, if you are dealing with a qualified, reputableagency, you should feel safe in arranging for help in the home.From a medical standpoint, studies show that the home can be a saferthan the alternatives and not only because of the one-on-one care. Onestudy indicated that half of infections could be linked directly tohospital care.
2 I may need homecare, but it is unsafe to invite a stranger into my home.Another study reported that, given they are seeking the appropriatetreatment for their condition, patients with chronic heart disease farebetter at home versus the hospital.And, ultimately, remaining home can be less stressful because it isfamiliar, which can foster a sense of calmness and comfort for patients.
3 I only need help with basic hygiene care, so I dont qualify for homecare.However basic your needs, there should be no limit for a homecareprovider to assist you. Be sure to find a home health care agency thatcan provide the full range of homecare, from basic peer-levelcompanionship and hygiene assistance to highly skilled nursing andtherapy.
4 We had an emergency at 3 a.m., but well just have to wait until normal business hours to get help at home.When you and your family face an urgent situation, the last thing youwant to do is wait around. Read these first time parents story aboutfinding newborn care at 3 a.m. Find a provider that can provide 24/7customer service and assistance.
5 Until I know exactly what we need, I dont need in-home care.You dont need to know, thats what qualified homecare professionalsare here for. Just make sure any agency you turn to offers R.N.oversight on every case to ensure all of your loved ones needs (fromsafety, health and everything in between) are accounted for.
Take this case from one of our homecare agencies as an example:An elderly woman who was looking for basic bathing and shoppingassistance was found to have been suffering from cellulitisunbeknownst to the womans daughter and hidden under her sock - allbecause an R.N. is required to perform an assessment on every case, nomatter what kind of assistance is being provided. Do you have a question about home health care? Ask us, or share a comment now!
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