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Home Health Care – Providing Valuable Assistance

Home health care encompasses a wide range of health and social services in the home. Services may include intermittent skilled nursing care, therapy, and care provided by a home health aide. Home health provides limited medical support covered by insurance. This includes nursing, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, aides and social work. A physician’s order is required for skilled caregiving and certain criteria must be met.

What, When and How
When someone is homebound, due to illness, injury, or advanced aging, it often becomes necessary to rely on caregivers for assistance. The frequency of receiving care may be in the short-term, once every week or every month. It is not unusual for a person to need daily care in their home, depending on the circumstances. Some conditions may require skilled, non-medical care. In this instance, a home health aide would suffice as a daily caregiver providing a variety of services, and may include help with bathing, preparing food, administering medications, and more. A physician’s order is not required for this type of home health care.

Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s)
The home health care professionals from Home Care Assistance are trained and qualified to assess safety risks and make simple corrections in the home—from placing a rug on a slippery floor to recommendations for ambulatory assistance. In-home services allow adults to receive day-to-day help with the personal care they need, preserving their dignity and maintaining a good quality of life. Assistance with activities of daily living can include bathing, grooming, and medication reminders.

Medication Management
Home health care ensures that a person’s complex medical needs are met. Home health care professionals can make certain the right medications are being taken at the right times to control health conditions and prevent harmful drug interactions.

Nutritional Support and Hydration
Home care may include nutritional counseling and home-cooked meals to prevent malnutrition, and to keep them sufficiently hydrated. They support people with chronic conditions and those recently discharged from a hospital or nursing facility who are likely to be nutritionally at-risk.

Hospital or Home
As an affordable alternative to hospitalization or institutionalized care, Home Care Assistance can be an attractive choice. Skilled medical care can be delivered at home by thoroughly supervised individuals who are certified, licensed and knowledgeable about high-technology medical equipment. 

Companionship and Socialization
Care professionals provide caring companionship in the home. Aging adults stay healthier with social interaction, and home health aides can be relied upon to assist in many ways – going for a walk, reading the Bible or a favorite book, playing cards, and games, taking in a movie or dining out are benefits an aide can provide. They may also run errands such as grocery shopping, or taking a person to medical appointments.

Housekeeping and Domestic Tasks
Aging adults may struggle with the daily demands of housework, such as laundry, vacuuming, dishes, and simple chores. Helping with light housekeeping tasks is another service often provided by an aide. Home health care services are truly unique, providing meaningful, one-on-one personal and skilled care that builds strong bonds between professionals and their clients.

Getting Started
Arranging for home care is as simple as making a phone call. During the initial call, describe the situation and explain the needs of the person requiring care, and the amount of time per day you require. Home care can be tailored to fit your specific needs; staff can come to your home, assisted living facility, as well as a memory care or nursing home.

Home Care Assistance provides innovative, creative, compassionate and committed home health care in the Kansas City metropolitan area. 

To speak with a Care Manager or to schedule a free in-home consultation, contact us at 913-663-5000, or visit us online.