Home Health Care consists of a wide range of health care services that can be provided in the comfort of your home for an illness or injury. Usually, home health care is less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as the care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Home Health will provide Skilled Services by a nurse where Private Duty Companies will provide Non-Skilled Services.
A few skilled home health services are:
• Wound care
• Patient and caregiver education
• Intravenous and nutrition therapy
• Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
The goal of Home Health Care is to care and treat an illness or injury. Home health care assists you get better, regain your independence, and become self-sufficient. Your doctor can provide a list of agencies that service your area. They must inform you whether their organization has a financial interest in any agency on the list.
What to Expect From Home Health Care
Doctor’s orders are required to start care. Once your doctor gives you their orders for home health services, a home health agency will schedule an appointment with you to come see you at home and discuss your needs. They will stay in contact with your doctor, updating him/her on the status of your progress. It is imperative that the home health staff visit you as often as the doctor’s order have instructed.
A few examples of what the home health nurse should do include:
• They will monitor your eating and drinking
• Check your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing
• Monitor your prescriptions and other drugs to ensure you are properly taking them
• Monitor your pain levels
• Teach you about your care so you can take care of yourself once you are ready to do so
• They will assist your doctor by coordinating your care. They will communicate regularly with you, your doctor, and anyone else that assists in your recovery.