How Can Personal Home Care from Visiting Angels of Hot Springs Complement Home Health Care Services?
Does an elderly family member of yours get medical treatment at home? Many people with acute or chronic diseases prefer home health care over trips to the doctor's office. However, if your loved one has medical needs that can be met at home, they may also benefit from having some help with routine activities.
A senior relative may have friends or family members who regularly give assistance with household tasks like cooking and cleaning. However, not all elderly adults can rely on assistance from friends and family. Whether you're physically separated from a friend or family member or just have other obligations that prevent you from being there (like work or family), there will be moments when you can't be there for them.
Visiting Angels of Hot Springs is able to assist. Our individualized personal home care services will provide you peace of mind that your loved one will be well-cared for and safe in the familiar surroundings of home. Our caregivers in Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Fountain Lake, and the surrounding towns of Arkansas assist seniors with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, and cleaning to ensure that they may continue to live in the comfort of their own homes as they age.
Differences Between Home Health Care and Personal Home Care
Even though the terms are frequently used interchangeably, "home health care" and "personal home care" are not synonymous. You may not understand what these are or how they may benefit seniors if you or someone you care about has never utilized them.
Whether your elderly loved one is dealing with a chronic or urgent medical condition, or is recovering from an illness or accident, knowing about these services and how they could be combined will help with the creation of a care plan that surrounds them with supportive, compassionate senior care.
What is Home Health Care?
When a qualified medical professional such as a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), licensed home health aide (HHA) working under the supervision of an RN, or a physical, occupational, or speech therapist visits a patient in their own home to administer treatment, this is known as home health care.
Some examples of home health care services that seniors often receive include:
- Health monitoring services
- Wound care
- Intravenous (IV) or medication therapy
Home health care visits vary in length and frequency based on the requirements of both the patient and the practitioner. There is a plan in place for each and every one of a patient's doctor's visits during the course of their illness or recovery. The duties might range from administering an intravenous infusion once per week to engaging in physical therapy three times per week for an hour per session.
If a doctor prescribes and oversees home health care services, Medicare and other insurance programs will cover them. There is a yearly limit on the number of home health care visits that are covered by certain health insurance policies.
What is Personal Home Care?
Personal home care from Visiting Angels of Hot Springs consists of non-medical services carried out by qualified experts. Any elderly person, regardless of health, may benefit from the help a caregiver can offer with daily tasks. Personal caregivers, on the other hand, often do not have the qualifications or training to effectively provide medical care.
Some of the services included in personal home care include:
- Meal planning and preparation
- Medication reminders
- Personal grooming, such as bathing and dressing
- Errands, such as picking up medication and grocery shopping
- Light housekeeping
- Companionship and socialization
Personal home care services are not governed by a medical professional but rather by the patient and their loved ones, who are usually footing the cost. It is up to the family to choose how often and for how long the caregiver should visit.
Benefits of Combining Home Health Care with Personal Home Care from Visiting Angels of Hot Springs
Combining personal home care with home health care is a versatile solution for many situations that require senior care.
When an elderly person need assistance outside of the home health care provider's normal work hours, Visiting Angels of Hot Springs' in-home caregivers may be able to step in and assist. While providing personal home care, our caregivers may serve as the "ears and eyes" of the family and home health professionals by keeping a close check on things and sending timely medication and appointment reminders. To improve interactions between care providers and home health case managers, Visiting Angels has implemented a care coordination system.
Many families choose to continue using the personal home care services of Visiting Angels of Hot Springs even after a loved one has fully recovered, so that the senior may get continuity of care and the family can rest easy.
Visiting Angels of Hot Springs provides in-home care for seniors who might benefit greatly from the assistance, regardless of whether they are currently in need of medical attention or rehabilitation after an illness or accident.
Call us at 501-222-3493 to schedule a free in-home consultation today!