With most families, there comes a time when older loved ones need help and assistance with daily tasks for themselves. Getting around the house could become more challenging for them, or they have more medications and medical needs to be addressed, and sometimes more help is needed than family members can provide on their own. When this situation arises, it’s a natural step to consider using home healthcare options. But is your older loved one ready for home health care? There are a few things to take into account before deciding on this route.
- Does your loved one mind having unfamiliar faces around their home? While this seems like an obvious first thing to look at, many people forget that at the elder stage in life—and even younger ones for that matter—humans occasionally have a tendency to resist change. Even if previously, your loved one was fine with guests and other people coming into their home on various occasions, the prospect of having a new person around all the time as a necessity can be daunting. Our team works with you to find the best matching team between patient, family, and caretaker.
- Is the home of the patient easily maintained and adapted? As people get older, it can become harder for them to move around the house and maintain its standards. For older people living on their own, it’s important to make sure that they live in an environment that’s easy for them to move and function in with their changing health status. Because of this, sometimes home healthcare professionals will recommend some modifications to ensure the safety of the patient and in order to allow for certain medical issues to be addressed, i.e. slopes for walkers, or easily moved furniture so that new medical equipment can be introduced into the living space.
- Does the patient have an easily reached network of loved ones? This is probably the most important factor to consider when deciding on home healthcare for your elderly loved one. Home healthcare involves families and friends of patients as participants in the process and as companions. They’re often taught simple tasks by the healthcare professional to do while he or she isn’t present. Additionally, communication between the patient, families, and healthcare team is key in the success of the plan for the patient, so having family members readily accessible to inform about health updates is paramount. Furthermore, patients occasionally feel alienated or distraught because of changes that assisted living and home healthcare bring, so having family members and loved ones close by provides a sense of constancy in a sea of change, which gives comfort and assurance to the patient.
These are just a few, key aspects to consider when deciding if home healthcare is the right fit for your elderly loved one. It all comes down to the individual and what their needs are, so for further information and assurance in this decision, contact Hearts for Hospice and Home Health: (801) 763-9746 .