Home care is a valuable option for an individual who wishes to maintain their independence and continue their life in the comfort of their home. Home care is also used by seniors who may need extra care, wherever they call home. Many in independent senior living communities and even those in assisted living may need more help than can be provided for in their current environment.
Especially after a heart attack or other medical event, the ability to successfully recuperate at home can make a big difference in a senior’s mental outlook. A study done by AARP showed that 90% of individuals over age 65 want to stay at home as long as possible. And home care can make that wish a reality.
What Is Home Care?
Home care is a more personalized alternative to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It provides services such as personal care, homemaking, companionship and more to individuals living at home, so they can remain comfortable and independent for as long as possible.
Home Care vs. Home Health
Home health is typically short-term medical services administered in the home to treat an illness or injury. This type of medical assistance is usually provided by a registered nurse, physical, occupational or speech therapist. Home care agencies are often requested to provide supplemental care as the patient transitions.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Home Care?
Home care can be beneficial for individuals who are getting older, are chronically ill, are recovering from a surgery or are disabled. Perhaps your loved one needs assistance with day-to-day tasks but does not need to be in a nursing home or hospital. Home care could be the right fit for them.
What Types of Home Care Services Are Available?
Home care looks different for everyone. Each individual’s needs are unique, and home care can be tailored to fit those needs. Depending on what your loved one’s needs are, caregiving services can be available 24-hours a day or a few hours each week. Click here to learn more about the services offered by Assisting Hands Home Care serving Cincinnati, OH.
After a heart attack, 20% of individuals will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Home care can help provide essential services to reduce the risk of another trip to the hospital. Here are some key factors that, if not attended to properly, can increase the chance of readmission:
Medication Reminders: Failure to take medications regularly—or not taking the proper dose—can cause a hospital readmission. Caregivers can help with medication reminders, knowing the proper doses, transportation to the pharmacy, and being educated on medication side effects.
Diet Prep and Planning: Individuals may need to change their diet completely to have a heart-healthy diet. Caregivers can provide meal planning and prepping, grocery shopping, and track if there are any dietary restrictions based on medications an individual takes.
Physical Activity Assistance: Doctors will recommend individuals get more physical activity than they did before their heart attack. A caregiver can help by providing accountability, encouragement and reminders for physical activity. A caregiver can also act as a walking partner and can help with ambulation inside and outside the home.
Post-Hospital Doctor Visits: Follow-up doctor visits are critical to recovery. A caregiver can assist by driving to appointments, assisting with mobility, and making sure the doctor’s written recommendations make it back home.
With personalized care, seniors recovering from a heart attack can often remain in their home environment. Professional home care also offers families peace of mind, knowing their loved ones are both getting the care they need and are able to live where they want to stay. If you or a loved one is about to come home from the hospital after a heart attack or other major medical event, give Assisting Hands Home Care serving Cincinnati, OH a call at 513-729-9999. We offer complimentary consultations and can work with you to find the best home care solution to meet your unique needs.
Sources: ClearCare; heart.org; webmd; AARP