Anyone can request services from a home health agency, since these services do not need a prescription and are not covered by Medicare. An agency representative will arrange an assessment in your home at no cost to you. Often, adult children will look into senior care for their aging parents. If your children have been talking about getting you some help at home, get the ball rolling yourself, before you suffer an illness or injury. Having to make a decision under pressure is no fun. Do some research, and let your kids know which senior-care agency sounds good to you.
Are There Health Benefits?
Spending less energy on household chores allows you to place it elsewhere—toward recovering from surgery or starting a new exercise program. This proactive health benefit may affect the rest of your life. A home health aide can also help you manage any chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, to preserve your level of function as long as possible. Even simple reminders to take maintenance medications at the right time can have a big impact on daily health.
Because seniors may have diminished eyesight, balance, and reflex timing, the chances for slips, trips, collisions, and blows increase. A RN case manager can accident-proof your living environment and help you stay safe and sound. Attending to things that you don’t get around to doing, such as tacking down carpets, organizing cupboards, and clearing corridors, may prevent broken bones and strained muscles. If an accident does happen, you’ll have someone to assist you.
Stress and depression make it hard for many seniors to cope with daily aches and pains or more serious ailments. The peace of mind that comes with consistent care helps stress melt away and lets you enjoy, rather than endure, your days at home.
Our counselors and RNs at Partners in Healthcare are available to talk with you about your in-home care needs including how to reduce caregiver stress while providing better, affordable care. We are a senior care agency providing elder care serves in the Orlando area, 407-788-9393.
Hank Charpentier, BSB, MBA, MA, Certified Senior Adviser