Taking Stock of Your Loved One’s Home Health Care Needs

October 23rd, 2014

We at Alliance Home Health Care know that making the choice for home health care is a big one. But when you do decide that home health care, personal home care, or even transitional care is the right choice for your friend or loved one, one of the best things you can do to ensure that they get the best care is possible is to take stock of what issues they are having around the home and what they could use help in.

Below are some great tips to get you started on your home health care decision:

1. How well is the home maintained now?

Have you noticed that your friend or loved one’s home isn’t as clean or tidy as it once was? Has it declined gradually over weeks, months, or even the years?

If so, certain physical or mental impairments could be preventing them from cleaning the house like they once could. In this instance, it’s important to mention to your home care provider that they may need additional assistance in personal home care.

2. How well are they handling organization?

To properly assess whether or not your friend or loved one may need home health care assistance in the areas of organization, take notice of their driving habits and how well they can keep appointments and handle ADL tasks.

For instance, do they seem to be forgetting more items at the grocery? Are they remembering to take their medications on time? Or, are they having trouble driving to and from errands or making it to appointments with doctors.

If you do notice any of these signs, make sure to mention it to the home health care company and assure that they acknowledge your concerns.

3.) Do they have trouble performing tasks around the home?

If your friend or loved one is having increased difficulty getting out of bed, or out of the shower, or has shown a decreased ability to cook, clean, or even walk around the house, be sure to mention this to your home health care company.

In many instances, not only can a quality home health care provider assist your friend or loved one in the tasks of cooking, cleaning, and personal assistance needs, but they can also examine your houses for ways to make your friend or loved one’s life a little easier. Whether that’s installing new railings to make getting up the stairs more easy, to simple non-slip surfaces in the bathroom, having a knowledgeable and fresh set of eyes on a home can often help in finding new problems and helping your friend or loved one.

Of course, if you choose Alliance for your home health care or personal home care needs, then our Care Advisors will be there every step of the way for you and your family, with over the phone and in-home evaluations. But at Alliance, we’re a team, and everything you can do to help us get to know your friend or loved one, and their wants, needs, and wishes, can help us give them the best care possible.

And that’s what it’s all about. The best care, and the most comfort possible.

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


 


 

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Home Care/Transtional Care Visits Help to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

October 21st, 2014

Hospital readmission is a topic that has been discussed on our blog before. And, for good reason, as readmission has been estimated to cost Americans almost $8.1 billion annually; in addition to the increased, and unquantifiable, emotional cost of having a loved one back in the hospital.

There are a number of different reasons why readmissions occur. Some, inevitably, are unavoidable, but a good number of them, according to studies, could have been avoided with the right guidance and care in the crucial days after leaving the hospital.

For example, according to one study published in Health Affair, the possibility of readmission decreased with “high intensity” transitional care.

But what is “high intensity” transitional care?

Well, fortunately for everyone, it doesn’t mean some kind of P90-esque training regime, it simply is meant to clarify a transitional care plan that keeps your friend or loved one covered in all steps of transitioning from home to hospital. That is, according to Health Affair, creating a quality coordinate care plan, having open communication between your primary care provider and the hospital, and  frequent home visits to ensure that your friend or loved one is getting the comfort, and care, they need from home.

And this is where Care Advisors, like ours here at Alliance Home Health Care can assist your friend or loved one in transitioning from hospital to home. Our Care Advisors here at Alliance are trained and experienced not only in making sure that your home is safe as possible for your friend or loved one in their transition, but in making sure that there’s a coordinated plan that keeps every one involved in the recovery of your friend or loved one, informed.

As always, if you, or a friend or loved one, are going to be transitioning from hospital to home soon, or you would like to learn more about the benefits of traditional care, you are always invited to speak to one of our Care Advisors at 317-581-1100.

As always, this article is intended solely for informational purposes, and should not be seen as a replacement for your doctor’s advice.

 

 

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