Home care is a great asset for disabled adults and seniors who need assistance. While most people assume that elderly men and women who rely on home care require physical support to get around, some hire aides for companionship or maybe transportation options every once in a while. It all depends on specific needs, but not all home care options are going to be what every senior requires.
There is a difference between home care aides and home health care providers.
The most significant difference, even though the terms are often used interchangeably, is that a home health care provider is actually a visiting nurse. Yes, regular home care aides who assist with basic tasks of everyday life may also be referred to as home health care aides, but this term is most commonly reserved for the medical side of this profession.
Not all seniors are going to require visiting nurses.
In fact, the vast majority of aging men and women who have difficulty with their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) may only need help getting out of bed and getting dressed in the morning. They might need a ride to a doctor’s appointment. They may have trouble keeping the house clean, doing the laundry, or even taking a shower. These individuals will benefit from home care aides for that physical support throughout the day.
They won’t need a visiting nurse if they require no medical attention, don’t need help taking their medications, and have no need for somebody to check their vitals or relay this information to their primary doctor.
What if somebody does need home health care support?
Some agencies provide not only home care aides, but also visiting nurses. The vast majority of agencies across the country, though, are primarily dedicated to the basic physical assistance and support that keeps elderly and disabled individuals safer within their home.
Just because an elderly person may not need a visiting nurse or physical therapist coming to their house at the moment, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t benefit from a home care aide or other individual who can improve safety, comfort, and even offer companionship. In fact, many experienced and dedicated home care aides who work for agencies provide the physical assistance their clients need while also offering companionship that can be instrumental at reducing the risk of depression, anxiety, and feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Any senior who may be having difficulty with their health or mobility should be encouraged to contact an agency and discover what aides could offer.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Media, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.