4 Most Common Types of Home Health Care Services
Updated: Dec 4, 2020
There are various types of care that people can receive from their home. While some may think that people requiring home care services are injured or severely ill, it's more likely that they simply require help to carry out their basic day-to-day activities.
Depending on what kind of care you or your loved one requires, care may vary from simple companionship to skilled nursing care. Here are the four most common types of home health care services that people look for:
Some patients, who are home alone, require a companion to offer comfort and supervision, perform daily chores, and cook basic meals. United Pledge Home Health companions are there to provide assistance to you or your loved one so that they remain independent at home. Moreover, this comes at a fraction of the cost of moving into an independent or assisted-living facility.
Services under companion care can range from creating a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment to providing a mental and emotional uplift as someone is there to interact and spend time with. The services may also include transport to appointments and grocery store, involvement in social activities, laundry and changing bed linens, playing games, and pursuing hobbies.
A home caregiver is responsible for providing their client, supervisory nurse, and family with documentation of the services being provided. They also alert the supervisory nurse and the family of potential shifts in the health or mental behavior of the patient for review.
Home Health Aides
A health aide provides physical assistance for activities of daily living, meaning they can offer a patient hands-on assistance where a companion cannot. There are state certification training requirements that must be met in order to perform these duties.
Home health aides offer assistance for all kinds of day-to-day activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, transferring, toileting, and continence along with basic medication management, measuring vitals (blood pressure), recording fluid intake/output, and more. They can also assist with prescribed range of motion exercises as well as mobility devices such as wheel chairs or walkers.
Skilled Nursing Care
United Pledge Home Health provides high-level and skilled nursing care. The type of nursing care required depends on a person's needs. In collaboration with a doctor’s prescription, a registered nurse sets up a plan of care. Nursing care may include post-surgical recovery assistance, wound dressing, ostomy care, intravenous therapy, medicine administration, monitoring the general health of the patient, pain management, patient and family education and training, cardiac care, and respiratory care.
Long-Term Care encompasses a broad range of medical and non-medical services that are designed to assist someone in maintaining an acceptable level of independence while addressing their personal and health care needs. Statistics show that close to 70% of all the seniors over the age of 65 experience the need for long-term care services at some point of time post retirement. United Pledge Home Health has long-standing expertise in creating a customized plan for long-term care to help your loved one meet their specific goals.
Whether you or an elderly family member needs basic support, or you are looking for skilled nursing care at home, choosing the right type of service is the key to remaining independent as well as meeting mental and physical health goals.
Unified Pledge not only provides you with highly professional home health care services, but satisfactorily guides you through the process of selecting the most appropriate type of home care for yourself or your loved one.