If you’re providing full-time care to a loved one and feel caregiver burnout approaching, you’re not alone. More than 65 million Americans juggle the daily demands of a career, home life, family and caring for family who may be disabled, ill or aging.
Managing busy families and the emotional choices that must be made when looking after a recovering loved one is an overwhelming undertaking. Home health care offers a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
Plus, if you qualify for the benefit, Medicare covers a wide variety of care services. For many families, home health care is an invaluable option—a safe and affordable resolution that supports the family, while permitting your loved ones to stay in the comfort of their own communities and homes.
Here are five ways home health care can support you and your loved ones:
- Access to skilled medical care at home. Home health care professionals can be there when other family members are unable, and skilled medical care can be administered at home by highly trained nurses and the latest technology.
- Support with Activities of Daily Life (ADLs). ADLs are the routine activities that people tend do every day, but your loved one may need assistance with. There are six basic ADLs: eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring (walking) and hygiene. With trained staff in place, home health allows adults to receive the help they need while preserving their dignity.
- Medication management and nutrition support. Multiple medications can become difficult to manage. Having home health professionals on hand can ensure proper dosage and distribution times. Home care may also assist with nutritional needs and meals made at home.
- Companionship and support. We aren’t always able to spend the amount of time we would like with our loved ones; home health professionals provide the social interaction that help keep our loved ones healthy and engaged.
- Savings compared to a facility or hospital. According to the National Association of Home Care, the average cost of care from a skilled nursing facility is $544 dollars per day, while the average cost of home health care per visit is $132 dollars.
Should your loved one need an extra helping hand, consider Covenant Care’s home health service line. For more information, call 1 (855) CARE-365.