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Choosing Home Health Care

By Megan C @ LivingSenior - May 10, 2013

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Choosing Home Health Care

Home health care offers a variety of health care and rehabilitation services to seniors who have just been released from the hospital after a surgical procedure or long illness, or need regular health care at home. Many seniors would rather stay in the comfort of their own home rather than staying at a senior housing facility or nursing home. The following provides guidelines for determining whether or not you should consider home health care.

Performing ADLs

If you need help with your everyday activities, then you might need to get home health care. Someone who recently had major surgery or is recovering from a serious illness might not be able to perform duties on their own and will need round-the-clock care. These tasks are called activities of daily living (ADL) and include things such as walking, getting out of bed, dressing, bathing, toileting, personal hygiene, eating, cooking, laundry, housekeeping, driving, and similar tasks. If you can’t do these on your own, you need assistance at home through home health care.

Medical Care Needs

If you have certain medical care needs, such as needing medication administration, IV fluids, physical or occupational therapy, you may be eligible for home health care. Home health care is good for those needing these types of medical services and aren’t able to get to the doctor’s office or therapist on a regular basis. If the only way you will get the care you need is by having someone come to your home every day, you should definitely consider home health care.

Mobility

Some individuals simply aren’t able to get out of bed comfortably and would prefer getting therapy or medical services at home. If this is true for you, then you’re a great candidate for home health care. As long as you can afford it and you’re able to find a home health care agency near you providing the services you need, this can make your everyday life much easier and less stressful.

Costs

The cost of home health care should be considered before you make your decision. Not only do you need to know how much it will cost and if you can afford it, but also if your insurance plan or public benefits will help pay for the costs. Just because you don’t have the private funds to pay or it, doesn’t mean you can’t get help from a home health care agency. Contact various programs in your state to find out if you might qualify for financial assistance to get the help you need.

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