Coordinate Care: Connecting the Dots in Home Health Care

September 18th, 2014

In home health care, properly caring for an individual encompasses a wide range of needs, and connecting all these dots of care takes the help of committed, knowledgeable individuals, like our Care Advisors here at Alliance Home Health Care, who understand that home health care done well is making sure that all our clients’ needs are met. Which is why coordinate care is a vital part of what we do here at Alliance.

But what, exactly, is coordinate care?

Coordinate care is the process of taking the medical care of  an individual, their at-home needs and desires, and combining this care with the desire to fulfill their human need for social interaction and mental stimulation, as well as the spiritual well-being of the individual. In other words, it’s about taking what makes one healthy and aligning this with what makes them happy as well.

Coordinate care starts as early as the transition from hospital to home. Our Care Advisors talk with your doctors and hospital physicians to learn about what will help you ease the transition to home, as well as what needs that may arise, and coordinate a home care plan that addresses these. Whether that’s helping to find someone shovel your driveway or assist in cooking and cleaning, to making sure that any changes that may need to be made to stairwells, hallways, and bathrooms are adjusted for the safest experience possible in your home.

But most of all, in coordinate care, it’s about being the bridge between doctors, patients, and families. Our Care Advisors are there to make sure that whomever we help always has a voice when speaking with their doctor, and that the right questions are being asked during appointments, and ensuring that their family is getting the information they need to do the best they can to help their friend or loved one.

If you would like to learn about coordinate care, and what it can mean to your friend or loved one, feel free to check us out at 317-581-1100. Or, visit alliancehomehealthcare.net for more information.

 

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Understanding Therapy and Assessments in Home Health Care

September 4th, 2014

Home health care, and its services, incorporate a wide spectrum of options. After all, every one is different, and as we get older, the obstacles we face as an individual differ as well. That’s why, here at Alliance, we’ve tailored our services to meet the needs of most individuals; which includes a wide range of assessments via our Care Advisors that help you and your loved ones figure out how to get the best, and most personal, home health care services possible.

Below are some examples of our therapy and assessments:

Environmental assessment:

In an environmental assessment, our Care Advisors and nurses perform an in-home or on-site assessment of the individuals environment and performance of day-to-day tasks, like cooking, cleaning, and caring for themselves. This way, our team can have a clearer and more concise idea of  how your friend or loved one is doing around the home, and can more accurately determine what areas of performing ADLs they may need assistance in.

Fall and risk assessment:

In a fall and risk assessment, we carefully monitor your friend or loved one’s mobility, gait, and balance to determine how they are getting around the house, and whether or not they may need assistants, like installing non-slip floors in the bathroom, handles in the shower or toilet, or assistance in getting up and down the stairs. Additionally, we evaluate your friend or loved one’s medication use as well to determine if the mixing could cause any side effects that may inhibit mobility.

Cognitive assessment:

In addition to physical assessments, a mental cognitive assessment can help determine the onset of dementia-related illnesses, or mental health issues like depression. Which can help in finding potential issues early and, thus, increasing the chances of diminishing symptoms or treating the issue.

At Alliance Home Health Care, we know that every one is unique; which is why we have dedicated 20 years to putting the personal touch in personal home health care. If you would like to learn more about how we do this, or would like to schedule an assessment, feel free to contact us at 317-581-1100, or visit us online at alliancehomehealthcare.net.

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