What Can Home Health Care Help Improve?
Jan. 31, 2023
By Danielle Andersen
Receiving home health care can offer numerous benefits for patients and their loved ones.
From the convenience of accessible care in a familiar setting to the personalized support provided by healthcare professionals, home health care helps maintain the independence of patients at home. This includes key services such as skilled nursing care for chronic illnesses, physical therapy after an injury or hospital stay, and personal care for activities of daily living. From our firsthand experience at Ethos Home Health Care, these are just a few of the key areas that can be improved.
Home health care plays a crucial role in helping patients from all walks of life recover smoothly after surgery. Between services such as physical therapy and innovations such as remote health monitoring, patients can regain their mobility while working toward their recovery goals in the comfort of their own homes. Skilled nurses also offer assistance managing your medications and providing skilled care to ensure you stay on track in your recovery.
Caring for a family member or loved one with a health condition is a demanding endeavor without the right education. Navigating medical situations, understanding treatment protocols, and providing the necessary support are key to an optimal outcome. Home health care provides the education and support caregivers need to feel confident and capable in their role. This can include answering questions about medications and learning strategies for maintaining health and wellness. At Ethos, we have seen the ability of our educational support to empower caregivers firsthand, lending way to better overarching care.
Recovering from an injury, illness or surgery is a challenging and oftentimes lengthy process. Home health care can provide the necessary support for patients to successfully navigate their rehabilitation journey. Whether that involves physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy, progress is oftentimes accelerated in familiar and comfortable settings. This is especially beneficial for patients who may have difficulty traveling to a hospital or clinic for rehabilitation services.
In addition to providing therapy services, home health care providers like Ethos, routinely address home-specific questions and concerns such as when it is safe to ascend or descend stairs and strategies to improve accessibility. By addressing these issues, therapists can help patients make steady progress toward independence and better results.
Safety and Quality of Life
Smart technology and devices such as Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and medication dispensers have made a significant impact on what’s possible for at-home care. These tools are designed to quickly alert local responders in the event of a fall or medical emergency and keep patients taking their medications as prescribed.
Ethos Home Health Care can help reduce hospital readmissions, catch early onset symptoms, and get patients the support they need sooner. Monitoring equipment such as blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters, ensure that vital signs are within specific parameters to detect potentially life-threatening health concerns. By offering a range of advanced tools and technologies, home health care can connect patients with the care they need while maintaining their safety and quality of life.
Access to Specialized Care
In many cases, home health care provides access to specialized care that may not be readily available otherwise. For example, patients with rare or complex medical conditions may benefit from receiving at-home care from a nurse or therapist with specialized training in their condition. Similarly, patients with mobility issues or disabilities can benefit from the care of a therapist who is trained in physical, occupational, or speech therapy for these specific needs. By bringing specialized care directly to the patient's home, home health care can help to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate and effective treatment possible.
As a valuable resource for patients and their loved ones, home health care offers a range of benefits that can improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life. Whether you need skilled nursing care for a chronic illness, physical therapy after an injury, or personal care for daily living activities, home health care delivers the personalized care you need in the comfort of your own home.
With the help of our dedicated team of nurses, therapists, and personal care assistants, our Ethos family instills a sense of confidence in your ability to stay independent, elevating the entire care experience every step of the way. Take this short assessment to see if home health care might be right for you or contact our team at (701) 809-9319.