Participants at a recent workshop on home health care, conducted by the Institute of Medicine and National Research, came away with one important conclusion: home health care is not only what the majority of seniors want, but can also lower the costs of health care, and give people the care they want and deserve.
The workshop came on the heels of the growing health costs in America, according to the IOM.
But another important takeaway from the study is the idea that researchers found that many people do not know about the benefits and services of home health care, simply because families are not having the important “talks” about what their friends and loved ones want in life as they get older. Rather, they are tackling important issues, like whether or not to choose home health, as they arise.
“People often don’t know about home care unless they hear about it in an emergency situation,” said Barbara McCann, chief industry officer for Interim HealthCare.
Which is why it’s important for you, the family caregiver, to talk to your friend or loved one on what they want as they get older and start to need help, and also to educate yourself on the type of cost-benefiting services that are out there for your friends and loved ones.
For instance, another big lesson learned at the workshop is that people were surprised to find out that home health care services encompassed a large variety of client needs; from something as simple as helping with chores and medicinal reminders, to rehabilitative and transitive care when a friend or loved one leaves the hospital that can help reduce medical bills, hospital fees, and readmissions.
Finally, it’s important to talk to your friends and loved ones about home health care, for the simple fact that this workshop and numerous other studies have shown, it’s what they want as they get older.
As always, if you want to learn more about the services and financial assistance available to you, we welcome you to contact us at 317-581-1100.
This blog is meant solely for informational purposes and not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.