Posted on October 21, 2014
Types of Home Care Services Available
At first I thought that there was only one type of home care services available. Well, what do I know? I only have one experience in enlisting the help of home care services. I was then able to learn that there are actually different types of home care services available.
Her are the different types of home care services available:
Nurses are not only stationed in hospitals but can also be stationed at home. With their presence, you can easily set up a plan of care along with the doctor. Their services usually includes the care of wounds, ostomy care, giving intravenous (IV) treatments, giving and supervising medicines, and watching for side effects.
Physical therapists can help you to regain the use of impaired or weakened muscles. They also work with you to improve the range of motion in joints and learn to use any special equipment needed for daily activities. I remember having experienced the first time of their services, it was painful. When they were massaging my back and even letting me experience foot reflex.
An occupational therapists are the ones that will help you from doing any activities of daily living. They will look at what you can do, and then teach you ways to do those daily tasks, like eating, bathing, dressing, and household routines. If special equipment is needed, you will be taught to use it. With the therapist’s help, you can learn to do more things on your own.
We have a neighbour and their son has a difficulty in his speech and they sought for a speech therapist. The speech therapist helped him to communicate again by teaching special techniques and also helping him practice. Speech therapist may also help if you have problems swallowing.
Social workers look at social and emotional factors that affect patients. They serve as case managers for patients with complex needs and help find sources of help in the community. This can include helping the family look for financial help when needed. They also counsel patients on coping with the demands of illness, family conflicts, and grief, all of which can affect the patient’s care.
Home health aides/home care aides
This type of home care service is what we have experienced. They handle personal care, such as getting in and out of bed, walking, bathing, and dressing. Some of their aides have had special training and are qualified to give more complex services if supervised by a registered nurse.
A homemaker can perform light household tasks for you, like laundry, meals, housekeeping, and shopping. As we are all busy in our home, we may need to enlist their help to maintain our house rather than health care.
A volunteer from a community organization, a home care agency, or hospice can sit with you, give emotional support, and help with personal care, paperwork, and getting to and from doctor visits.
Home care services may also include some of these:
• Nutrition support and help with diet
• Medical equipment and supplies
• Lab and x-ray studies
• Pharmacy services
• Respiratory therapy
• Home-delivered meals
• Problem-solving or other help by phone
• Dentists, clergy, specialist doctors, and other health professionals
• Emergency alert or safety monitoring systems
These are the different types of home care services available. Whenever you do not know which services you will be needing, refer to this information. This will help you.