Since I’ve researched this topic online, I now wish we would have then what is available today. It has been proven that a person maintains better physical and mental health when they are allowed to recover in their own homes. Nowadays, one can hire medical experts or certified caretakers to take care of people suffering from temporary or permanent illness.
A responsible person must coordinate all of the services and costs required in order for a at-home program to work successfully. Otherwise, the physician will retain his or her duty toward the patient when the patient is discharged from the hospital to the home.
If the elder care recipient needs frequent supervision or care during the night, a family member or second home health care worker should be able to help out or fill in. Make sure the home health care worker thoroughly understands his or her responsibilities, the elder care recipient’s medical problems and limitations, and how to cope with stressful situations.
A paraplegic patient for example, may require around the clock health care, whereas someone that might be recovering from a leg injury may need only a few hours of doctor recommended physical therapy per day. Instead of an individual relying on friends and family for groceries, drives to the doctor, or meal preparation, the home care nurse can take care of these items.
The development of a personal relationship with the provider’s personnel may improve communications and a greater degree of trust and compliance on the part of the patient. Most of the time home health care will be paid for by a family’s own resources. These are the type of people who come in and take care of the elderly more or for a social reason than a medical one.