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Health Care in Your Home

Posted October 03, 2012 in Advice Column, Urbandale, West Des Moines

You probably have heard the phrase “it takes a village.” The same principle is true when it comes to providing health care in an institutional setting or if you are receiving home health care. It takes a variety of professionals to provide you with the best care possible.

Anyone can request home care services and arrange for a complimentary, in-home, health assessment. You may contact a home care agency on your own, a family member can call for you, or your physician or other health care provider may suggest that you could benefit from receiving home health care. A registered nurse will assess your needs and develop a customized care plan. Your physician will review and approve the services and follow you on a regular basis.

Based on the services you require, registered nurses provide direct skilled care, wound care, manage medications, monitor your diet, supervise other care givers and educate clients and their families on disease management. The nurse will ensure your care plan is being followed.

• Home health aides can assist you with personal needs such as hygiene, dressing, light housekeeping, preparing nutritious meals, shopping and errands and relieve other care givers.

• Medical social workers can help evaluate financial needs and direct them to local resources.  They can provide emotional support to clients and their families.  Most of people are not aware of all of the support services and options available to them until they are in a life altering situation. A social worker can be your guide to arranging for the delivery of healthy meals from a variety of sources and letting you know about transportation options to name a few.

• Therapies such as physical, occupational and speech can be provided to you at home. If you are unable to leave your home to receive these prescribed modalities or if you choose to recover at home after a medical procedure or illness, you may receive the benefits of these therapies in the comfort of your own home. They will help you regain your strength, balance and mobility. Therapy can reduce pain and swelling, improve fine motor skills and increase range of motion in joints, making it easier and safer to move about. Other therapies can improve symptoms after a stroke.

Studies have shown that people recover quicker in the comfort of their own homes, and most people want to remain in their homes as long as possible as long as it is safe to do so. Home health supports both of these findings.  If you are interested in receiving care for just a few hours a day or 24 hours, give you home care agency a call today to arrange a complimentary in-home health assessment.

Information provided by Becky Rinke, RN, BSN, COS-C, Iowa Home Care Director of Clinical Services, 515-222-9995.

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