Factors to ConsiderHome health care is an excellent way to receive specialized medical care in the comfort and familiarity of the patient’s home. However, before determining if this is the right option for you or your loved one, there are several factors to consider.
- Does the person have an accessible, nearby network of loved ones and friends?This is critical because home health care involves the participation and companionship of those close to the patient. When receiving home health care it’s easy for the person to feel alienated, especially if they live alone, and a familiar support system is very important to a successful in home health care plan.
- Is the person’s home easily maintained and modified?When an elderly person has medical needs and conditions, it’s important that their living environment is safe. Many times home health care professionals, like nurses and therapists, will recommend some home modifications be made to create a more safe, stable environment for the patient.
- Is the person comfortable with having unfamiliar faces in their home?This question might seem obvious, but many times it isn’t until a home health aide, nurse or therapist makes their first visit that the patient feels uncomfortable with the arrangement. Make sure you or your loved one understands who is visiting and why. It’s important to work with the home health agency to ensure there is a good match between the medical professional and the patient.