Home health care provides a client with an in-home medical oriented care. It provides one with a multidisciplinary team that will periodically visit the client providing medical services on a predetermined time-table. Caregivers will help with physical therapy, dressing wounds, monitoring blood pressure and glucose levels, looking after ventilator, feeding tubes and oxygen tanks. This will help the elderly person to stay in familiar surroundings, i.e. their own home and that will avoid for as long as possible the transition to a nursing home or such.
Please let us know if this is the highly specialized kind of service your require.
Apart from the services already mention there are other tasks that could be perform by the caregivers:
- Assisting the client in daily routines such as bathing, or any other hygienic need.
- House chores such as cooking or cleaning.
- Help the elderly to run errands or doing them in their behalf.
Do not confuse home health care with home care services. Even though they might seem like the same type of services, home health services includes a medical aspect that set these two similar programs apart. Home health care programs come with various certified and trained medical professionals who are obviously qualified to assist the client in medical aspects. Home health services are only provided by nurses or therapists and these services can be hired by public or private health departments and home health care agencies which are allowed to provide their services by the state they operate in.
Even though caregivers can actually provide assistance concerning cooking, bathing or running errands under no circumstance are they allowed to offer medical support because they are not certified or train to do so. In many occasions both, home health care agencies and home care agencies will complement each other to meet the client’s need. In other occasions the family will decide to hire this services on a freelance basis, in which case the family should do a thoroughly background check to make sure the applicant meets the requirements and expectations of the family.