Healthcare at Home: Care Options

If you’re making healthcare decisions
for yourself or a loved one, the options may be overwhelming. Sometimes the need
for assistance in the home is sudden and obvious following a hospitalization. But
other times it could be gradual as conditions change. Maybe you have a
scheduled joint replacement surgery and are nervous you may need help moving
around when you return home. Perhaps you have noticed your mom is missing some of
her doctor’s appointments or dad fell recently and you’re worried it could
happen again. Maybe you see a change in your husband or wife’s personality that
might be an early sign of dementia. In any of these situations home care may be
able to help. The term “home care” includes both medical care and non-medical
services. The medical services are referred to as home health care, which is
usually covered by Medicare or other health insurance. Home health is often
recommended following a surgery or after a hospitalization for an injury or
illness, but it can also be appropriate if you or a loved one have difficulty
getting out and about for appointments. Home health services are designed to
help manage your medications and condition, prevent falls, and coordinate
care with your doctors or therapists and family. When you or your loved one need
help for non-medical situations, personal home care assistance is another type of
care that can help with bathing or daily activities, companionship, light
housekeeping or transportation. Personal home care assistance services are
provided by highly trained professional caregivers who are insured and carefully
matched to your requirements and preferences. Personal home care
assistance is sometimes covered by private insurance, long-term care
insurance or veterans benefits. And if you’re caring for a loved one and need
time to run errands, rest and recharge from the daily routine of providing care,
or take a trip for an important event, your loved one can receive short-term
care, which is referred to as “respite care.” It’s provided by trained professionals either at home or during a temporary
stay in a healthcare facility as part of the Personal Home Care Assistance
Program. Kindred at Home offers home health as
well as personal home care assistance to help individuals recover and remain
independent at home. We love what we do because we see the difference it makes
in people’s lives. If you’re looking for care for yourself or a loved one, call us
to learn more about how we can help.

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