How Does In-Home Care Work?

October 10, 2018

If you have an aging parent who needs assistance with bathing, getting dressed and other related tasks in the home, you may want to consider speaking with a home health aide.

If this is an option you’re looking to explore, a family home health services representative can tell you more about how home care can help your parent age at home.

What is in-home care?

Simply stated, home health care is a service that allows an elderly parent to age in place. It can also be used to help people who have special needs, are recovering from surgery, are disabled or are suffering from a chronic illness.

A home care nurse is trained to provide a variety of services including but not limited:

  • Surgical wound care
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Injections
  • Help with bathing
  • Help with getting dressed

A home health aide can also assist with:

  • Checking on what the patient is eating and drinking
  • Monitoring temperature
  • Monitoring blood pressure
  • Monitoring heart rate and breathing
  • Checking to make sure the patient is taking prescription medication, and that prescribed treatments are being done correctly
  • Checking to make sure there aren’t possible safety hazards in the home

Benefits of home care for the elderly

If you have an aging parent and you’re considering home health care, you should know there are many benefits associated with it.

First and foremost, the cost of home healthcare is far less than the average cost to house a parent in a nursing home; data from the US Department of Health and Human Services currently estimates that the latter can cost upward of $6,500 each month.

If the senior you’re inquiring about only needs a few hours of services a day, an agency will be able to accommodate that. Some clients only need help with things like preparing meals, bathing and getting dressed. The cost for this type of service is far less than what you’d pay a long-term facility.

In-home care can also provide the patient an increased sense of dignity and independence, along with expanded access to necessary services.

If you’re considering this type of option for a parent or other aging family member, it’s natural to have lots of questions about how to start and where to begin. For more information about the benefits of home care, call Moorings Park Home Health Agency today at 239-643-9128 to speak with a care representative in your area.