Home health care is a system that delivers care to patients at home through the efforts of skilled practitioners. These practitioners act under the supervision of a doctor. Practitioners may provide nursing care; therapies including physical, speech/language, or occupational; or medical social services.
When is home care the better option?
If it’s at all possible for your loved one to receive care at home instead of at a medical facility, it should be considered. As NuclearCarePartners.com notes, the advantages are simple to see:
It costs less than hospitalization
It costs significantly less to hire home health care providers than to have your loved one admitted to a medical facility. In some cases, this is recommended for those who receive EEOICPA benefits due to their exposure to radiation or toxic substances while working for the Department of Energy or its contractor and subcontractor’s facilities.
It may contribute to the patient’s wellbeing
Studies have shown that patients who receive medical care at home recover faster than those who are in hospitals and in-patient clinics.
It can be personalized
Home care can be tailored to suit the needs of the patient. Unlike in hospitals where it may cost significantly more to have such individualized care, home care providers generally speak with the patient and the patient’s family to assure the right care.
It can support the family’s care
With home care, the family is welcome to contribute their time in caring for the patient. Home care services act as supplement providers. Compared to the care provided by medical facilities or nursing homes, home health care can still be provided by family and professionals. For many patients, this is its most welcome feature.
Understanding the benefits of home health care for your loved one, your family, and your finances is important for making the decision. If it is the kind of care that your loved one needs, know that it is one of your best choices.