Time spent at home with family during the holidays offers opportunities to notice signs that an aging loved one might need assistance with daily living. Keith Ballenger, vice president of Adventist HealthCare Home Care Services, answers four common questions.
What is home care?
This valuable service helps people recover and function as independently as possible in their homes. At Adventist HealthCare Home Care, our compassionate team of nurses, therapists, social workers, dietitians and certiﬁed nursing aides provides occupational and physical therapy, speech and language pathology, wound care, infusion therapy, support with daily living activities, and more. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance policies frequently cover home care services.
Who can benefit from this service?
Home care is available to people of all ages. Seniors, however, most often use the service for diabetes care and recovery from major medical procedures such as heart surgery and hip or knee replacement. At Adventist HealthCare Home Care, we also provide assistance with basic daily living activities like medication management, grocery shopping and housekeeping. This allows seniors to stay safe and independent in their homes. We also have maternal/child services and pediatric care, including lactation and prematurity support, to help new moms and babies.
How do I know that an aging loved one might need help at home?
Each person and situation is different. Some early indications, however, may include depression or loneliness, difficulty walking, errors with medication, difficulty getting to the doctor or other appointments, neglecting housework, and weight loss. Home care can provide support to aging loved ones who are facing challenges caring for themselves, and prevent future problems.
How do you involve the family and the physician in a person’s home care plan?
At Adventist HealthCare Home Care, our experienced team coordinates with the patient, the physician and family members to achieve the best result for the patient. Our staff members work directly with a patient’s physician to develop a personalized care plan. We also engage with the patient’s family members to educate them and keep them up to date on the patient’s progress.