Monday March 7, 2016
In-home nursing care can keep a loved one safe at home when recovering after a hospitalization or if they can no longer manage day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. Usually offered as skilled home health care or as private duty, senior home health care can offer unique solutions to a variety of senior care needs. To start the process of locating the right type of in-home nursing care for your elderly loved one, first consider the areas they need assistance with.
Home Health Care
If your loved one is recuperating after a hospitalization or illness, skilled nursing care at home can help manage the recovery process. Skilled nursing care can send a registered nurse to visit the patient to administer medication, help with wound care, assist with IV therapy, and with any cardiac and orthopedic aftercare.
Home health care also includes rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and speech therapies. All care should be provided with oversight from the senior’s primary care physician.
This type of home care is often short term in duration and usually covered by Medicare. The focus of skilled nursing care is to help the senior get well within the comfort of home and return to as normal a life as possible.
Private Duty Care
Private duty care is what most people think of when they think of home care. It provides in-home aides and companions to help with everyday tasks and household chores. These activities may include bathing, dressing, light housekeeping and meal preparation. For seniors who need more intensive care, private duty care also provides aides around the clock, making sure your loved one is never on their own. If you are your loved one’s main caregiver, home care can also provide respite support allowing you to take some time for yourself.
Private duty care is provided for as long as the senior needs assistance and is paid for privately.
Home care can provide a number of ways to help your loved one age in place safely and comfortably. For more information on how senior home health care can help your loved one, please call Abramson Care Advisors at 215-371-3400.