Right now, health care and other first responders have been gaining a great deal of praise and honor. Rightly so. These are the men and women on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. But they aren’t the only ones. Home health care is right alongside them.
How does home health care matter?
When people have chronic health issues, are being discharged from the hospital, or otherwise need some type of direct in-home health care support, these agencies and visiting nurses are vital.
It is these men and women who allow people the opportunity to remain home, even as they grapple with some serious health concerns.
In fact, in recent years home health care agencies have become even more important than ever as hospitals focus on reducing readmission risks.
Has home health care been impacted by COVID-19?
Of course. Just like any other business, home health care agencies have been impacted by the coronavirus, often in ways they could never have anticipated. For the most part, home health care continues to be a vital aspect in the lives of hundreds of thousands if not millions of seniors and disabled adults.
Unfortunately, some visiting nurses or home health care providers have been tasked with taking care of their own family, including aging parents or grandparents who got sick from the coronavirus. Some have been called to other services, even at local hospitals or other facilities.
That may have limited some of the availability, but for the most part agencies are returning to full capacity.
What can home health care do for your loved one?
If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or other loved one who needs some type of in-home health care support, these providers and agencies are invaluable.
It’s best to clearly understand the needs when you want to search out to a quality home health care agency. Will this senior require medication to be administered? Is it necessary to have a visiting nurse change wound dressings? Will this home health care provider have to take vital stats and relay that information to a doctor for follow-up care?
There are many components to in-home health care services so the more you know and are clear on expectations and needs, the easier it will be to find the right caregiver.
Home health care remains on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, right along with hospitals, EMS, and other first responders. They are ready to serve those in need who understand the value of getting care provided at home.