Is It Right For You? The Home Health Care Discussion

| Tuesday, May 15, 2012
By Jessica Pontel

Home health care is when a professional caretaker provides patient care in the patients own home. This can be very comforting and is administered by professionally trained, skilled individuals. Sometimes they are medical like a registered nurse or licensed nurse practitioner, but not always. Social workers or specially trained home care aides can also be employed. Their training provides them the skills necessary to keep the patient in a normal routine and help simplify their life.

Home care aids provide a variety of non-custodial services such as helping them bath, get in and out of bed, dress, use the restroom, walk, and cooking delicious healthy meals (which will save you money on fast-food and should keep you from gaining a hundred pounds). They also help with housework, taking medications, shopping, using the telephone and managing their money.

A wonderful alternative for folks struggling. Whether it's due to disability or just growing older, most people want to be in their own homes, some just need an extra hand. It's better than a nursing home or other facility and allows the patient the comfort of being home.

Now for the rub. The service is great, but it comes at a price and it isn't cheap. If you do have insurance; either private or medicare, then you won't have to foot the bill. Usually they will cover most, if not all of the expense....which is good because it can run into the thousands. So that's a big relief. I know I couldn't afford that!

Family and friends is still a great option for those who are uninsured and broke! I know that has been becoming popular again all around the country. It's a great informal option and a perfectly suitable choice so don't worry., there is a solution.

Informal home care might actually be more comfortable if the reason you don't want to be in a nursing home is that you don't like the idea of a stranger taking care of you for the rest of your natural life. If you have a wonderful child or grandchild that you love and is more than willing to take care of you, then why not? What could be better than spending time with someone you cherish?

Some patients will require a licensed professional. So the above option is not a reality for everyone. If the help necessary is bigger than just tidying up the place or a little cooking, you may want to hire someone to assist you. They are more than just caretakers though, they really strive to be a companion, and are very caring people.

There is a comfort in knowing that for the home health care provider, it really is more than a job. They live it and love it. They strive to love and care for their patients, and want to be a part of their lives. There's comfort in that.

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