Pri­vate home care pro­motes faster, safer re­cov­ery

Record Observer - - Senior Satellite -

When some­one you know suf­fers an ill­ness, heart at­tack or stroke the road to re­cov­ery can be long and dif­fi­cult. De­pend­ing on the sever­ity they may go from the hos­pi­tal to a skilled nurs­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity. If re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is re­quired it may in­volve phys­i­cal, speech or oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy. The goal of the SNF is to im­prove the health and abil­ity of the in­di­vid­ual in or­der for them to re­turn home safely.

Medi­care data shows that nearly 1 in 5 pa­tients who leave the hos­pi­tal or a SNF are read­mit­ted within the next month and that more than 75 per­cent of those read­mis­sions are pre­ventable.

When some­one leaves a hos­pi­tal or SNF they are usu­ally healthy enough to re­turn home but may still re­quire ad­di­tional care and re­cov­ery time. The top five rea­sons for re-ad­mis­sion to the hos­pi­tal within 30 days in­clude:

• Non-com­pli­ance with life­style change rec­om­men­da­tions from doc­tors or ther­a­pists

• Fail­ure to take med­i­ca­tion cor­rectly, in­clud­ing re­quired reg­i­men changes

• Pa­tient not prop­erly di­rected or in­formed of avail­able home health ser vices

• Lack of fol­low through on care, doc­tor ap­point­ments and tests once dis­charged

• Fail­ure of doc­tors to en­cour­age home health ser­vices

Suf­fer­ing a fall or an ac­ci­dent once an in­di­vid­ual re­turns home is com­mon. De­pend­ing on the sever­ity it may cre­ate new med­i­cal is­sues such as a bro­ken bone or head trauma. Many fam­i­lies hire a pri­vate home care agency to pro­vide an aide/care­giver to as­sist their loved one at crit­i­cal points dur­ing the day such as show­er­ing/bathing and dress­ing. A small amount of ex­tra help with ac­tiv­i­ties of daily liv­ing at home dur­ing the early stages of re­cov­ery can be life sav­ing.

Pri­vate home care aides/ care­givers can pro­vide the fol­low­ing to help with re­cov­ery:

• Med­i­ca­tion man­age­ment and su­per­vi­sion to en­sure reg­i­men changes are ad­hered to

• Fall pre­ven­tion to re­duce the chance of re-in­jury

• Gro­cery shop­ping and prepa­ra­tion of bal­anced meals

• As­sis­tance with per­sonal care which helps pre­vent in­fec­tions and falls

• Trans­porta­tion to doc­tor ap­point­ments, tests, and nec­es­sary fol­low up ap­point­ments

• En­cour­age­ment of life style changes while fam­ily mem­bers are not at home to as­sist

• Early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of com­pli­ca­tions or re­turn of con­di­tions

• As­sis­tance with ex­er­cises pre­scribed by ther­a­pists

Home care as­sis­tance will not pre­vent all re­turn trips to the hos­pi­tal or a SNF but it will greatly re­duce the chance that some­one needs to go back and or re­duce the length of the re­quired stay if is­sues are iden­ti­fied early. The key is the devel­op­ment of a proper plan of care by a reg­is­tered nurse and pe­ri­odic su­per­vi­sion to make sure the pa­tient is fol­low­ing the plan.

Home care can be tai­lored to meet each pa­tient’s spe­cific needs from a few hours per day to 24/7. It can last for a day, a week, sev­eral months or long term de­pend­ing on the in­di­vid­ual and fam­ily’s needs. It can also start out with longer shifts and de­crease as the pa­tient im­proves and then be elim­i­nated once they have re­cov­ered.

The cost of pri­vate home care is not cov­ered by Medi­care. In most cases it is paid by the pa­tient, fam­ily or long term care in­sur­ance and is in the range of $21 to $24 per hour.

Many fam­i­lies be­lieve the ben­e­fits far out way the cost es­pe­cially in the first few weeks/months af­ter your loved one has re­turned home. That is why more and more peo­ple are choos­ing home care to make sure their loved has the best chance at re­cov­ery. No one wants some­one’s health to de­cline due to a fall that could have been avoided or from a lack of ef­fort in do­ing what is re­quired to im­prove their health.

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