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Home Health Care and You
Comfort Keepers® provides non-medical, in-home senior care, which may include companion and/or personal care services. Many times, the Comfort Keepers service offerings work in conjunction with service provided by a Home Health Care agency and there are times when Comfort Keepers services are lumped in with, and referred to as, Home Health services.
Home health care offers you and your family a cost-effective alternative to health care provided in hospitals and nursing homes. It enables seniors to maintain as much independence as possible in the comfort of their own homes while receiving needed care to promote health, wellness and quality of life.
In-home health care services can consist of medical care provided by health care professionals, such as nurses and physical, speech and occupational therapists, as well as non-medical services delivered by professional caregivers or aides to promote well-being and prevent recurrence of illness and hospitalization.
Medical and non-medical home care providers often work cooperatively. Aides, for example, maintain a close watch on a client's condition and report changes to a supervisor or case manager so medical intervention can be taken if found necessary.
Examples of home health care clients include:
- Seniors just discharged from the hospital. They may need short-term nursing care or rehabilitation following illness or surgery.
- Senior citizens who want to continue living at home as independently as possible but need help with the activities of daily living, such as personal care or meal preparation. In partnership with a senior's family, a home health care aide or caregiver can provide as much or as little care as a senior needs to remain safely at home
- Those who may need temporary help adjusting to lifestyle changes required by a new diagnosis like diabetes as well as those who need ongoing help with the management of a chronic illness
In-home care services provided by a professional caregiver--in partnership with family--can help a senior maintain good health and optimal quality of life. Such services include planning and preparation of nutritious meals, helping clients manage their medication to make certain they follow doctor's orders, and taking patients to medical appointments.
Professional caregivers can educate clients and family members on how to take on more of these responsibilities themselves for the long run. And they can always be on hand to provide respite care to provide family members a break from the responsibilities of senior caregiving. In addition, in-home care providers often offer clients and families the option of technology solutions--like monitoring devices--that help assure seniors' safety during the times when a caregiver isn't present in the home.
And professional and family caregivers can make a significant impact for a client or loved one by providing opportunities for physical activity, mental stimulation or emotional or social support. On the surface, they may not look like health care, but a walk in the backyard or neighborhood, a puzzle, conversation, making a favorite recipe, visiting with or writing letters to friends and family all can have a positive impact on maintaining a senior's health.