Home Health Tips: Holiday Assessments

November 26th, 2014

For many of us in the United States, Thanksgiving is a time to come together as a family and celebrate and give thanks for what we have. And, for many of us, Thanksgiving is also a time when we may be visiting relatives at their home; which, if you’re traveling to parents or grandparents who you don’t see as much as you would like to, also makes it a good time to assess how they’re functioning living at home.

That doesn’t necessarily mean when you visit family or relatives to put on your Sherlock Holmes hat and spend the majority of your time trying to discover problems. After all, Thanksgiving is a time to relax and celebrate family, but being home for the holidays can help you get a better idea of how they’re doing day-to-day. For instance, when you get to their house, how is it kept up? If it’s looking a little worse for the wear, that could be a sign that maybe they’re having a little trouble in handling basic ADLs. In that instance, pay attention to how they’re getting around the house physically.

Or, are there bills or food that have not been paid or put away? That could be a sign that maybe they’re beginning to have trouble with memory. In addition, ask casually how they’re driving is, as getting to and from doctor’s appointments and errands is vital in living independently.

For a more comprehensive list of what to look for, here’s a great resource from care.com.

As care.com puts it, try to avoid jumping to large conclusions if you do notice some of these signs, as the holidays are stressful for all of us. But, if you do notice any of these signs and think the problem may be bigger than just holiday stress, Care stresses to wait until after the holidays to have “the talk,” as there’s a time and a place for everything, and a holiday gathering with all your family may not be the best for either.

If you do notice any of these signs during the holidays and want to talk to someone professional about it, know that our experienced and helpful Care Advisors are here at 317-581-1100.

Finally, happy holidays to everyone celebrating, from your friends at Alliance Home Health Care.

As always, this is an informational blog, and not intended to replace the advice of a doctor or health professional.

 

 

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Home Health Care and Veterans: Helpful Advice on Benefits

November 11th, 2014

Today is Veteran’s Day, a National Holiday set out to honor those special people in our lives that have dedicated themselves to protecting our country, and our freedoms. And some times, these duties they perform, or have performed, while protecting our country lead them to require additional care when they get home. But knowing where to look for help may not always be as easy as we wish it to be.

The good news is, though, that there are a number of programs out there for veterans requiring home health care and respite services. Below are some helpful tips for getting started in your search.

Of course, VA.gov, the national website dedicated to veteran’s assistance, is a great place to start, and they even have a helpful guide to determining qualifications and how to receive home health and respite care. And, according to Va.gov, assistance in care may extend a lot further than you might think.

Veterans may qualify for personal home care assistance, including:

  • Eating
  • Getting dressed
  • Bathing
  • Using the bathroom
  • Moving from one place to another
  • Shopping for food
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Doing laundry
  • Paying bills or managing money
  • Taking medication
  • Getting to appointments
  • Using the telephone

Source: VA.gov

Also, many veterans, and family caregivers, may be surprised to learn as well that there exist a number of options for reimbursement for home health care assistance, and that home health care assistance, for those who qualify, is included in their VHA Standard Medical Benefits package as well.

Of course, if you require more long term care, VA.gov has a website for that as well, so take the time to look it over, and talk to your VA Social Worker about your options for care; you may have more than you think.

What this all means is that veterans deserve to get the help they need when they get home, and that it’s important for them, or a friend or loved one, to get in contact with those who can help them navigate the waters of finding coverage and get the benefits they’re entitled to.

Finally, on behalf of everyone here at Alliance Home Health Care: Thank you for your service.

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