Posted on January 13, 2015
Home Health Care: What It Is and What to Expect
Home care is care that allows a person with special needs stay in their home. It might be for people who are getting older, are chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled.
Home care services includes:
- Personal care, such as help with bathing, washing your hair, or getting dressed
- Homemaking, such as cleaning, yard work, and laundry
- Cooking or delivering meals
- Health care, such as having a home health aide come to your home
Examples of skilled home health services includes:
- Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
- Patient and caregiver education
- Intravenous or nutrition therapy
- Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
But how will you know when you will be needing Home Care? I had answered this one basing from what I had experienced, through the experience with my grandfather:
- He had trouble getting around (for example, after a hospital stay or an accident)
- He had wounds that need to be cleaned, or in need of injections, or other treatments
- He needs to learn more about your medical condition(s) and how to monitor them (for example, checking your blood pressure or your blood sugar)
- He needs help with bathing, dressing and meal preparation
- He needs care and emotional support when in the final stages of an incurable disease
These were my basis on how I was I able to know that I truly needed to get one. And if we did not get one, we would truly have suffered more because of our busy schedules. We cannot guarantee that we will always be there for my grandfather.
What should you expect from home health care?
Basing from my experience, the doctor’s orders are needed to start care. Once our doctor referred us for home health services, the home health agency scheduled an appointment and came to our home to talk about our needs and asked us some questions about my grandfather’s health. The home health agency staff also talked to our doctor about my grandfather’s care and kept him updated about my grandfather’s progress. It is important that home health staff should see us as often as the doctor ordered.
There are many ways that a home health staff do their jobs but from what we have experienced with my grandfather, here are the examples of what the home health staff should do with their patient:
- Check what they are eating and drinking.
- Check their blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing.
- Check that they are taking their prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly.
- Ask if they are having pain.
- Check the safety in the home.
- Teaches the patient about their care so the patients can take care of themselves.
- Coordinate the patient’s care. This means that they must communicate regularly with the patient, guardian, the doctor, and anyone else who gives the patient’s care
It is actually very easy to get help from home health staff. Because of their help, taking care of our grandfather has never been so easy. When we do get older, I strongly suggest that you should also opt for home health services so as not to bother your family much. It benefits both parties.