Study Shows Home Health Care Not Only What Seniors Want, But More Cost Effective Too

December 9th, 2014

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.


Communicating With Seniors During the Holidays

December 3rd, 2014

December means it’s time for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and a number of holidays that bring families together. And, if you’re a home health or companionship care aid, or family caregiver, then you know the holidays can also mean times of loneliness and sadness for seniors that are missing loved ones, or living alone at home alone.

But the good news is that the holiday season is also a time to strengthen communications with those you love, and remind them that they are loved. After all, whether it’s familial caregiving or home health care, togetherness, love, and compassion is what life’s about.

Below are some tips for communicating with seniors during the holidays:

1.) Listen

That may seem like a “no brainer”, but listening is often one of the most easiest things to do, but hardest to do well. Keep in mind that it feels good to talk and get things of your chest. And, even it seems negative or just “venting,” often it’s beneficial to the talker, whether it seems like it or not.

2.) Be sure to include seniors in your celebration

In the hustle and bustle of preparing for a holiday get-together, it’s easy to get tied up in what you’re doing and, unintentionally, ignore some of your guests. But it’s important to make sure that those you love feel a part of the celebration. Find creative ways to get everyone involved this holiday season, and take some time to assess and analyze whether people seem engaged.

3.) Show interest in their past

As we’ve mentioned before, nostalgia is a great way to trigger hidden memories in seniors; especially those with dementia-related illnesses. So, if you’re hanging family heirlooms this holiday season at a friend or loved one’s home, take the opportunity to ignite conversation about them, and show interest in discovering their history.

As always, we at Alliance Home Health Care wish you the best this holiday season, and if you find you may need more help this season, of course, we invite you to talk to us at 317-581-1100.

As always, this blog is meant for informational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.