Can your parents no longer live at home without additional help? You are probably reading this because you are overwhelmed trying to navigate through the often-confusing options for senior skilled care. Don’t worry. The first step is, to assess your situation and then take action
Are you asking yourself: Do my parents need care giving or skilled nursing services? According to the CDC, over 5 million people are caring for an adult who can’t fully care for themselves. Most of these caring individuals have no prior knowledge of the system and are learning as they go. Sound familiar?!
The lack of knowledge could lead you to make some wrong assumptions based on a misunderstanding about what home caregiving and skilled nursing services are.
What is Caregiving?
Caregiving is the act of providing for the physical and emotional/social needs of an individual who is not capable of providing for themselves. The individual being cared for is often physically weak and may be unable to walk or confined to a bed.
Caregivers provide non-medical care including medication reminders, meal preparation, safety supervision, bathing and grooming, basic household chores and light housekeeping.
They give transportation and assist with errands and medical appointments and there is no limit on amount or duration of time in the home and no physicians order is needed.
What is Skilled Home Health?
Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as the care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
Home health care providers give skilled, short term, intermittent care (several times a week 1-2 hours) to address a wide variety of medical needs.
Professional services home health care can provide – skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social worker, dietary specialty, home health aide (bathing).
These patients must meet certain criteria to qualify for prescribed services. The criteria are physician’s orders, homebound status, and an intermittent skilled need.
Home Health and Caregivers work together to meet the individual’s needs. Please do not hesitate to call Home Health CC with any questions at 913-242-3925.