Like a freight train, 2019 will be here before you know it..it is already late spring (May) and already the talks of summer and monsoon season are upon us..with fall trailing soon after. Why is 2019 so import to the future of home health care you might ask? It happens to be the first year people over the age of 65 will outnumber those younger than 5 years of age. We’re not sure if that’s scary or not, but we do know, home health care isn’t slowing down.
If you’ve ever thought about all the different possibilities in a home health care career, we may have some answers for you. Here are the top 3 things anyone considering a home health career should think about before moving forward.
Do You Care About Patients
Caring for the well being of others, and respecting the care in the privacy of there homes should be paramount. Dealing with patients’ family members can also be touchy. There are a lot more family dynamics to deal with in the home. If there’s a caregiver involved, you’re including them in the treatment plan and goals. You’re working in the homes of patients of different ethnicity’s and cultures, and you have to be adaptable and personable with everyone.
We can’t stress the importance of this topic enough. Selecting the right home health care agency will be one of the most important decisions you make for either yourself or a loved one, and there are several considerations when evaluating caregivers.
Home Health Care Agencies
First, make a list of home health care providers in your area. Then review the questions below and ask the right questions that pertain to you and your family or loved ones.
- How long have they been in business- this is a fast growing industry and many companies are new, and may not know proper procedure. On the flip side, many qualified and experienced providers have set out on their own, and are fully capable of offering proper care, so always check senior managements experience.
- Ask the agency for information (brochures, etc.) prior to a visit and read up. To learn more, do an online search and read reviews, social media pages, and the like. Be discerning, because some of what you read could just be marketing. When reading reviews, pay attention to who the author is. It’s important to do your own due diligence prior to making a decision.
- Does the company log and document treatment of the care patients. it’s important for the patients, doctors and other caregivers to be kept apprised of the care that has been given and to what extent.
- What are the companies emergency plans if needed. Quick thinking and proper planning are paramount for keeping everyone safe. This includes emergency health, fire, flood and any other emergency where action on part of the care professional may be needed.
- Ask for references and make sure to contact them. This may be the number one action you can take. If you are unsure of what questions to ask, please feel free to contact us here at Arista for assistance in doing so.
- Whether you are hiring an agency for hospice care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, private caregiver, etc., try to get as much information about the individual care providers as possible, including their experience and reputation.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of the direction to start when making your decision on selecting the right home health care provider.
Many of you don’t know this, but over 7.6 million people utilize home health care and home health care providers, in contrast to only 1.8 million who live in a nursing home. The convenience of home health care, as well as the feeling of comfort of being at home and with loved ones can’t be matched. What is even more important is the need to the know the difference far enough in advance to prepare financially and with insurance for that time.
Home Health Care Providers
The majority of people are most comfortable in their own environment where they feel safe and close to the things they love, and home care is the long-term care option that promotes the individual’s independence and ability to continue with the normal, daily routine as long as possible. The goal of home care is to provide in-home care for those who need it, and to allow an individual to remain living at home as long as possible, regardless of age or disability. A home health aide can provide safety and comfort, relieve family caregivers, reduce falls and trips to the hospital, and maintain a patient’s dignity and independence.
Home care services cover a wide range of needs, from homemaking and companionship to meal preparation and medication reminders. They may also include personal care services, or those that help with the activities of daily living, including home care services like bathing, dressing, and grooming. To promote a safe and functional lifestyle, a caregiver can help you brush your teeth, secure the buttons on your shirt, or stand-by while you bathe to make sure you do not fall.
Who Provides Care
There are many home health care providers who offer their services for your loved ones. It is important to take the time to discuss all of your options with a registered home health care provider in your area who is experienced specifically in your loved ones needs. If you need further counseling in this are pleas call Arista today at 520-333-0333. Speak with one of our specialist who can assist in this decision making process.
Home Health Care Nurses will work with patients in their homes. These nurses mainly work with the elderly, but sometimes work with younger children who have developmental or mobility issues. A Home Health Care Nurse is great for people that would rather work outside of a hospital.
A licensed practical nurse, or LPN, is also known as a licensed vocational nurse in some locations. An LPN can choose between a state-approved certificate program in practical nursing or an approved associate’s degree program. Technical schools, hospitals, some high schools and two-year colleges offer practical nursing. A certificate program generally lasts approximately one year while an associate’s degree usually takes two years. However, some employers prefer a job candidate with an associate degree. Typical LPN preparation includes classes in nursing, anatomy, physiology, first aid and pharmacology, plus practical clinical work.
Home health nurses must be available for evening, night, holiday or weekend shifts. They must be self-starters with good time management skills because they usually work away from supervisors. They need good listening and communication skills combined with compassion for patients and their families. The ability to work with people from different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds is essential. Their need to analyze information and make crucial and life-or-death decisions requires keen critical thinking skills. Home health nurses also need emotional strength to deal with the daily stress of working with sick people.
When deciding on the home health care nurse who will provide care for your loved one, call us at 520-333-0333. Take the time to discuss your options as well as the actual caregivers that you and your loved one will actually be spending time in your home with. Feel free to also contact us via message on our contact page for answers to quick questions about home health care options in Tucson.
Physical therapy for seniors may seem similar to more common sports physical therapy, or accident physical therapy, but due to age and circumstances, there can be stark differences. For example, some medical professionals believe that a majority of people at age 65 may have some arthritis in their spines. However, everyone’s body, no matter where they come from, has musculature as varied as their personality. Physical therapy can have an important role in health care outcomes and is connected with maximizing function, preventing decline, decreasing pain and increasing overall mobility.
For seniors who have decreased physical ability, there are different paths in health care that may help in the overall recuperation process. Illnesses such as stroke, heart attack or even fractures to bones, can decrease your overall chance of mobility. Chronic pain, from conditions such as arthritis, is one of the main detractors from the ability to walk and function independently.
Types of Senior Physical Therapy
- Cold Therapy – this involves using ice packs to reduce pain and swelling
- Heat Therapy – involves using heat to loosen muscles and improve joint circulation
- Manual Therapy – involves using the hands of a therapist to work muscles
- Hydrotherapy– uses water to relaxes muscles, treat disease and help muscle growth
- Strength Therapy – the use of weights or bands to create resistance and help coordination and strength
Occupational therapy sometimes gets confused with physical therapy because it is similar. But it has a specific focus, which is to improve a patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL), or in other words, help the patient regain the ability to perform day-to-day tasks on their own.
DIY tip: If you suffer from age-related conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure or damaged joints, you may avoid regular exercise. Water aerobics allows you to exercise in a low-impact format that reduces stress placed on joints and bones. The buoyancy gained in the water allows you freedom of movement and improves your balance when you participate in water aerobics on a frequent basis. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
Read more at: healthyliving.azcentral.com
Benefits of Physical Therapy for Seniors
Physical therapists have a wide variety of tools and treatments at their disposal. They may prescribe exercise for specific parts of the body. They may take more of a hands on approach with manual therapy. Often, therapists and doctors recommend a combination of physical therapy treatments, which work different parts of the body and compliment one another.
Whatever the condition of the patient, rest assured, a physical therapy regime will not only increase mobility, strength, dexterity and circulation — but also the patients overall well-being.
Hospice volunteers are truly amazing people. Volunteers are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team of hospice professionals. Their job, once trained and ready to serve, can lead them in many different directions.
Patient Support: Most hospice volunteers serve as a companion to people who are nearing the end-of-life. That might mean visiting one to two times a week, talking, playing a board game, watching TV or listening as the patient shares stories of his or her life. Some volunteers enjoy writing the patient’s stories down for the patient. Volunteers may be the only non-medical person that visits the patient, especially those who live in adult care facilities.
Respite: Often it is the spouse or caregiver who needs volunteer support. They may need to run an errand, go have lunch with a friend or just rest for an hour or so knowing that someone is there sitting with their loved one. It is important to care for the caregiver since they often spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week caring for their loved one. Volunteers not only sit with the patient for an hour or two so that the caregiver can have a break, and it allows them to check in on the caregiver and spend a few minutes listening to their needs and concerns.
Vigil: Vigil support is offered when a patient is in the final hours to days of life. Volunteers are scheduled to sit with the patient as much as possible during that time so that the patient does not die alone. Volunteers provide a quiet, comforting presence for the patient. This can be particularly important to family members who cannot be present.
Bereavement: Volunteers can support family members following the death of a patient through bereavement calls or visits. When someone loses a loved one, he/she will likely have the need to tell their story over and over again so that it begins to settle in and make sense in their life. A volunteer can be that compassionate listening ear.
Musicians: Musicians play for individual patients or in a group setting at an adult care facility, like a small concert. Music is a universal language and can brighten the patient’s day, comfort, relax and entertain them, and bring back wonderful memories of days gone by.
Veterans: Military Veteran volunteers perform the same patient visits, but are paired with patients who themselves are veterans, thus facilitating a unique and important connection between the veteran and the patient. They are able to use their history and experience in the Armed Forces to add to the quality of life for the patient. In addition, they play a key role in our “We Honor Veterans” program, whereby we honor a patient who is a veteran for their service, by presenting a certificate of thanks and pinning them with a Veteran Service Flag pin. That one on one connection between veterans is a gift to both the presenter and the patient.
Training: Prior to visiting patients, volunteers are interviewed and attend a 30-hour training with other volunteers encompassing many areas including bereavement, communication, death and dying, pain and symptom management, social aspects and many others. There are also experiential exercises, allowing for personal reflection, introspection and an idea of what patients might experience in their dying process. This comprehensive training helps volunteers feel well prepared and confident serving in this essential role as hospice volunteer.
If you would like to be a part of our amazing team of volunteers, please contact us.
Qualifications of Home Health Providers
Whether you’re someone that needs hospice care, or you have an older relative that needs healthcare assistance in the home, it’s important to understand that before you look into having a qualified healthcare provider come into your home, you should know that there are a number of ways to assess just how good a service might be and what the qualifications of home health providers should be. This is something you have to understand because if you don’t, you might not have the right service in mind. It’s absolutely critical to keep this in mind, because otherwise, you may not find the right service for you and yours. Here are just a few things to keep in mind for determining the best service for your needs.
Experience of a Service
Before investing in a service, you need to determine the history of a service. For example, if a home healthcare provider is very young and doesn’t have much of an established reputation, this is something you have to avoid hiring. However, if you go to another service and it exists for a very long time, then it’s very possible that this is a service that is going to give you very good results. So aside from the cost of a service, you need a service with some reputation and longevity. There are a number of services in the industry that provide this sort of assistance, and rather than ignoring them, do a considerable amount of research from top to bottom, and you’ll be able to figure out what it is that you specifically need.
Cost of a Home Health Care Service
Aside from the history, it’s very important to also keep the cost of a service in mind. A good service might be good, but if it’s out of your budget, you’ll have to keep that in mind. So without having to stretch or stress the budget, these are two essential qualifications you should keep in mind when it comes to hiring a home health care provider.
What to look for in a home health care provider
Aside from determining if a home health care agency is properly qualified, you need to know what to look for in a provider. There may be services that do not get the job done. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re deciding what to look for in a home health care provider.
Do they hire professionals?
This might sound like an obvious point, but all too often, a home health provider might hire inexperienced or poorly-trained individuals to provide service as a way to cut costs. This is very important because, at the end of the day, the effectiveness of a service is more important than anything else. If you hire a service just to cut corners, you may not get what you need.
Does the service fit your particular needs?
When it comes to home health care, although all providers come into your home to provide medical services, not all of these services are created equal in terms of their mission, skillsets and/or capability. This is very true with hospice care providers. Often times, these services don’t have what it takes to actually provide service to people that aren’t in dire needs. This is something that you have to be mindful of, because when you hire a company on a contract, you’re stuck with that service, and you might have to settle with them for the long term. And this can be something that will take your time as well as your money.
You may hear the term “Private Caregivers” thrown around quite a bit when Home Health Care is mentioned. By all rights, you should. SO.. what are private caregivers,what is their main function, what do they cost and are they right for for my loved one?
What is a Private Caregiver?
By definition, a private caregiver (home) is a person, or sometimes a nurse that tends to someone, generally the elderly who have now reached a point where daily functionality has become an task they cannot complete, and they need assistance to handle the day to days, such as:
- Personal care – bathing / dressing, hygiene, transfers, and ambulation
- Meal prep and cleaning
- Medication reminders
- Possibly transportation needs
Private caregivers can generally be found through a local Home Health Care Service and can sometimes be covered by full coverage medical insurance or possibly if planned for, a medicare supplement insurance plan which covers home care needs in the plan.
It’s important to always find your private home caregiver from a reputable service. these caregivers have been properly trained and vetted for you and your loved ones protection. As technology has increased, it has been easy for independent caregivers, to advertise themselves to those in need. Sometimes at fairly deep discounted rates. This is a usual practice to prey on those who may not have coverage or cannot afford the current rates. Be cautious if you were to go this route, crime and theft among the aging is rampant. Mainly because the victim has no idea it’s even happening, secondly it’s due to lack of follow up by loved ones. Checking bank accounts, phone bills and grocery receipts on a regular basis is a great first step in protecting your loved one from any criminal activity in the first place, but using a fully licensed service with vetted staff reduces these possibilities greatly.