Senior Home Care: When It's Time

| Saturday, January 28, 2012
By Jessica Pontel

In the current changing world of medical care, it's sometimes difficult to decide what your best option is for elderly patients, but senior home care is definitely something that you should consider. If the thought of taking care of your parents or sending them to a home stresses you out, there are alternatives.

The benefits in the case far outweigh the detriments. There is the convenience of always having them at home, so you don't have to go anywhere else to visit them, and they are essentially getting the same quality of treatment that they would at a nursing facility, except all of the attention is on them instead of just some of it.

Senior home care providers can do things like do physical therapy, ensure nutrition is one of their priorities, allow for caregiver education, and help with consistent requirements like monitoring illness and checking on unstable health conditions. Caregivers also help with using the bathroom, dressing, light housekeeping, shopping, laundry, and specific cooking requirements as per the contract involved.

If you're looking to find one of these senior home care agencies locally, your best bet is to call a local hospital and see if they have any recommendations, and then after that, do some internet research or look for people who have been in similar situations and can offer their advice on the matter. Just be sure that your insurance pays for the services that you require.

Now, what should you expect when senior home care actually starts? First, the caregiver should always be aware of the patient's temperature, heart rate, breathing, and basic feeling of mental and emotional wellness. They should also be aware of things like pain levels, medication, and that the home feels safe and secure.

You will be made aware of the plan of care as well, which is a sort of master list of all of the services that will be provided by the agency. It will include things like the type of professional required for certain services, the equipment that needs to be on hand, and ultimately what sort of results you can expect over time.

Every day after you actually sign up for the senior home care, you should be judging how good the care actually is, and making sure that there are constant signs of improvement in efficiently and productivity, or you are probably wasting your money. There are plenty of agencies, so shop around until you find the perfect one.

After doing your first bit of research, remember to check all of the reviews that people have left about the service, and they you will know that you are making the right decision about the type of senior home care service that is right for you.

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