Archive for June, 2014

Questions to Ask When Considering Aging in Place

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Living at home for as long as possible is what most of us want to do as we get older. In fact, by most, we mean that studies have shown that aging in place is what almost 90% of us want to do. But the fact remains that as much as we want to stay in our own homes for as long as possible, the decision must not be taken lightly. Proper planning and important decisions, including those of needing assistance around the home, must be thought out and discussed to make sure that aging in place is right for you or your friend or loved one.

But if you are ready to make the commitment to living at home as you get older, here are some questions to consider:

1.) How is my mobility? How will it be a few years down the road?

Are you able to get up and down stairs, or transfer from chairs easily? Is your home “ready” for the day when it may be more difficult to accomplish these tasks?

Mobility is an essential key to independent living, and assuring that your home is “mobility friendly” i.e. secure railings around steps, grab bars around toilets, and safe and well-lit hallways is the best way to prevent falls and stay safe and happy in the home.

2.) Is your home senior safe?

In addition to the obvious danger areas, stairs, slippery tiles in bathrooms etc. there are also some areas that may not be so noticeable; for instance, loose rugs and furniture placed in “high traffic” areas of the house.

Be sure to carefully examine every aspect of your home, and anticipate potential problems as well as the noticeable ones.

Tip: Ask friends, family, and neighbors for advice as well. As with most things in life, it’s always refreshing to have an extra set of eyes examine your house as well.

3.) Do I/will I need help in keeping up with activities outside the home?

In addition to preparing your home to be as safe as possible, aging in place also requires thinking outside the home as well. For instance, keeping up with friends and engaging in social activities, if possible, is important in keeping the mind sharp and avoiding isolation. Also, there may be times when you need to run out of the house for things like groceries, medications, and doctor’s appointments. Are you able to drive yourself to these, or will you need help from a family, friend, neighbor, or perhaps a personal home care assistant?

If you answered yes to needing assistance, get together with friends and loved ones and have a conversation about what areas they can assist in and when. If you find that there may be times when you need some extra assistance and a family caregiver can’t be there, there are a diverse number of helpful and affordable home health care and personal home care options out there.



The Benefits to Person-Centered Care

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

While “person-centered care”, or at least the phrase, is all the new rage among the home health care industry, its philosophy boils down to a simple, timeless premise: Treat everyone as an individual, not a patient.

Our core philosophy here at Alliance Home Health Care has always focused on person-centered care. We know that everyone is unique. They have different needs, wants, and desires, and they are not defined by their disease or physical or mental setbacks.

The time and effort necessary for quality person-centered care is large, but it’s worth it. And here are some reasons why:

1.) It enhances the team feeling

In person-centered care, we’re all in this together. That means family caregivers of your friend or loved one, doctors, and home health aides all coming together as a team, and planning for the future, setting goals, and making sure everyone is involved in keeping your friend or loved one comfortable and happy in their own home.

2.) Options

Person-centered home health care means your friend or loved one is involved in their long-term care. When they’re involved, they have the opportunity to express their wants and desires for their future. Not only does this benefit your friend or loved one in increasing their sense of value and self-worth, but it also provides the home health care work or Care Advisor with quality, individual input that can help better determine what’s best for your friend or loved one.

3.) Peace of Mind

Finally, when a home health care worker focuses on the individual’s needs and wants, it helps you and your friend or loved one have the peace of mind in knowing that they’re being listened to, and that they are getting the caring, compassionate, and quality home health care that they deserve.

In essence, person-centered care provides you with the comfort of knowing that your friend or loved one is not just “another client”.

If you have more questions about what person-centered care means to you and your loved one when choosing home health care, you can always feel free to contact one our of Care Advisors at 317-581-1100.