How Being at Home Speeds Recovery

People recovering from an accident, illness, or even a stroke tend to recover faster at home than in the hospital or rehabilitation center. Once the need for acute and skilled nursing care is over, most people want to be home. They want to sleep in their own beds, have some privacy, and not be woken up every half-hour for vitals, medication, or because some patient is being loud in the next room. During the day, no sooner does the physical therapist leave when the dietitian arrives or the doctor stops by the room.

Rest and Relaxation


The sooner people can get home, the sooner they will begin to rest, relax, and heal. While still recovering, people may need help at home with personal care, fixing meals, or doing exercises. Those who live near family members can usually count on them for help. People living alone, or have family members that work all day, can benefit from the services of a home health aide.



Degrees of In-Home Help


Some home health agencies can provide both skilled nursing and professional care, as well as a licensed caregiver for help with light housekeeping, bathing, transportation, or running errands. There are other agencies that focus on non-medical home health care. It is important to know the differences when seeking care for yourself or a family member. Medical care at home is delivered by skilled professionals, such as physical therapists, licensed practical nurses, certified social workers, and professionals specially trained in wound care or assessments.

Support and Companionship in Familiar Surroundings


Non-medical care consists of assistance with daily living activities, companionship, transportation, socialization, end of life care, post-hospital stay, and respite care. People can stay home and be as independent as possible, yet still get the help they need to be safe and engaged. This type of care may mean spending a block of time with a person living with dementia until a spouse or relative gets home from work.

An elderly person may need someone to take her to the hairdressers, a doctor appointment, the grocery store, or a place of worship. The care is essential for a safe and high quality of life, but does not require an occupational therapist or a registered nurse. Staff are carefully screened and certified to provide home care. Services can also be provided in nursing homes and assisted living facilities for one-on-one care and additional support. Overnight stays and respite care are also available.

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