How A Care Professional Service Can Help You
Posted: 12/15/2020 1:18 PM by
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As a senior living at home alone, having the help of a caregiver can be essential.
Whether that is a family member such as an adult child, or a professional in-home personal care support provider, it can make a vital difference in your quality of life.
However, as we age it seems that medical needs and issues tend to increase, as well.
A trained caregiver can provide assistance with such tasks as bathing, grocery shopping, or even cooking meals. And a caregiver can help fill a crucial need for seniors who otherwise might not be able to continue living on their own. But they are not home care professionals and that requires another type of assistance - namely, a care professional service.
Using a Care Professional Service for Home Care Aid
Receiving personal care aid at home is a common practice for aging seniors in the U.S.
According to an article from The Independence Center,
“Home health care is a broad term that describes a variety of medical and assistive services provided in the home. About four million Americans require the services of a home health provider to help keep them living independently. Forty percent of these are under the age of 65. It’s less expensive and more convenient to receive at-home care than it is to receive care in a medical setting.”
Depending on your health needs you may also need periodic or even regular medical care that is beyond the scope of an in-home caregiver’s capabilities.
This is when a reputable care professional service can be beneficial.
The range of medical services that can be provided to you in your own home is quite broad and can include any of the following:
This is the most common form of home health care and can often be sufficient for most of a senior’s healthcare needs.
Doctors can see patients at home for diagnosis and treatment as well as periodic reviews of home health care needs.
Physical or speech therapy
After an injury, illness, or even a stroke, seniors may need to relearn how to perform daily duties, improve their speech, or rehabilitate a limb.
Care from home health aides
Basic personal and medical needs can often be provided by a home health aide to help a patient with daily tasks or functions.
Dietitians or nutritional technicians can provide dietary assessments or guidance to support a treatment plan in a senior's home.
Laboratory and X-ray imaging
Even certain laboratory tests, such as blood and urine tests, as well as basic imaging services, can often be done in a patient's home.
In some cases, your own personal doctor may be able to provide in-home care but, more often than not, this isn’t practical nor feasible.
A good care professional service, however, can fill that gap and help you find the specific medical assistance and home care aid you require so that you can avoid trips to a doctor, specialist, or hospital.
Choosing a Care Professional Service
Depending on the level of medical care you need at home, you want to be assured that the agency you decide on is reputable and highly-recommended. It may be easy for you or someone you trust to go online and find any number of available care professional services, but keep in mind that most of these specialize in serving hospitals and clinics.
For in-home personal care, you want a service that provides clinical and environmental assessments, and reliable supervision of their RNs, LPNs, and CNAs. In addition, one that provides comprehensive case management, which is essential for maintaining quality care.
Since you most likely already have doctors or medical specialists treating you, your care professional service needs to work with physicians and other healthcare professionals for maintaining the continuity and coordination of your care.
There are resources available to help you make a decision on a care professional agency. You can contact your local Agency on Aging. In addition, there are many organizations that help older adults and their families locate in-home care resources. You can find local resources in your community with the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator.
Many communities have local senior centers that may also have recommendations for care providers.
Your Choice for a Reliable In-Home Care Provider Solution
Finding assisted living services and elder care in Sonoma County is an important decision. Whether you need assistance for yourself or for your senior loved one, it’s important that you do what is right for both you and your family.
At Interim HealthCare, we know what to look for to help determine whether seniors can remain safe and independent in their own home.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of in-home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today.
At Interim HealthCare, we offer a wide variety of home care services ranging from respite care and assisted living at home, to Alzheimer's care, and much more.
To schedule your No-Obligation in-home evaluation, or to learn more about home care services, just fill out the "Contact Us" form to the right and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Or you can call our Santa Rosa office at (707) 545-4986.