Most families face the reality that there has to be someone at home to take care of the Elderly. They have all true intentions to provide good care to them and be there for them but the practical scenario is that, most people are working or far away from home that they are unable to do so. This very thought weighs them down and constantly keeps them worried.
It is at this point of time, they realize that there needs to be a dedicated care taker or a companion to assist them with day-to-day activities. They often approach other relatives or depend up the house maids etc., to help them with but again they are not sure that they would be the right ones.
Many are not really aware of the concept Home Health care services and for the others who do, generally are hesitant towards approaching one as they have certain pre set opinions toward it.
Are these really true? Let us see.
“I have no say in who comes to take care of my Mom”
No, you do really can choose the caregiver that is going to come home to provide care. A good Home care agency first sets up a pre assessment with the patient to assess their needs and getting them into their comfort zone. An effective Scheduling system in place will help the Home care agency to provide the right match to you based on your comfortable timings, your needs, care giver you suggest and etc., You are now reassured that the Home care provider is majorly interested in your satisfaction. They also re-assign the care takers if you are not comfortable with the existing one.
“A person coming into your premises with whom you have not had an encounter with”
This rises a question of security as you have not seen him/her before and do not know if to let them into your house let alone take care of your loved one. And you have every right to feel so, but again the Home Care agency can always make sure that the care giver they are sending from their side is a qualified professional and send their details like name, contact and photo id prior to the scheduled appointment to the patient via the Patient Portal. This portal also serves an other purpose of communicating every other detail attached to the patient and the bill details. The patient’s responsible party can now securely log into this portal and see all the necessary details and make payments via the portal itself. There is no longer the need to make multiple calls to the agency to get your hands on each piece of information.
“My grand-father is not sick or terminally-ill to want a care taker or medical assistance, but just needs some help around the house, to remind important things, to assist him on his daily walks, help him buy groceries etc.,”
Home care does provide a wide variety of services to the Elderly. Non-medical services would just require for the care taker to visit them twice or thrice a week and the scheduling can be made accordingly. Some might need a companion to just not feel lonely as they are all by themselves in the house until the others arrive home from work, they can then avail a companionship package where the care giver’s primary role is to keep them engaged.
“Home Care is expensive”
Of course there is some cost factor attached to the quality health care that you look for. But, depending upon your various needs, this can save up a lot of time and be affordable too while compared to treating the same at Hospitals.
Successful agencies must help clients and their families overcome these common objections, creating trust and gaining the opportunity to serve. It’s the agency that reassures the family by directly addressing common concerns during inquiry calls and exhibiting a high level of professionalism and genuine concern towards them.
Caring Elders Technology partners with Home Care Provider to help them provide quality care and operate efficiently.
Home Healthcare – A solution to increasing healthcare costs.
The Indian Health care market is growing fast and so is the cost of medical services at hospitals. Amidst the rapidly increasing chronic diseases and the demand for quality medical care, especially for the elderly, the market is now opening up for home-based health care services.
Home Health care, a booming notion in India, striving to establish a stable market. It includes rehabilitative care after surgery, hospice care, physiotherapy, nursing care, companionship and palliative care, dedicated to relieving people’s physical and emotional symptoms when they face difficult situations. In most cases, there is no awareness among people about the concept of advantaging from quality medical services at home or often have misconceptions when it comes to the pricing. People tend to believe that the cost of treatments and services when given at home are far too exorbitant. On the converse, most post-surgery treatments and health services are more affordable.
Upon choosing to avail medical services at home, there is focused attention to the patient, comfort of receiving care in the familiar surroundings help recover faster. Not to forget, the significantly lower cost when compared to an extended stay in the hospital.
However, the increased patient outcome will still be the dominant factor in deciding the Home Health care becoming the most accessible for long-term care. The emerging start-ups and the existing home care providers must concentrate on the quality of service rather than the volume of service provided.
Do you have your grand-parents staying with you? Are your parents above the age of 60?
How to take care of the Elders? Are they physically and mentally healthy?
Are they happy?
If not, how can you help them on their old age journey? How all can you take measures and be cautious over their health and well-being?
Let’s go one step ahead and plan for the future. Planning ahead of time can help in situations before it becomes a last-minute emergency. Have first-aid kits around, emergency contact numbers, medications, walking sticks etc.,
It is important for them to have regular medical check-ups. Look out for signs of weakness, forgetfulness, eye sight and take necessary care. It is equally important to take care of their mental health. Most of them start to get lonely and go into a state of depression due to their inability to do things and lack of independence, they often might have to depend on other people for their daily activities. When all this combines, one might naturally start to feel unwanted and develop a sense of insecurity.
These are very common with the aged and something inevitable. In order for them to overcome all this, keep them active. Encourage them to spend some time on physical activity. As much as physical activity keeps us all fit, it gives them that extra health benefit especially if they have been sedentary over the years. If they cant indulge in heavy activities or not able to exercise independently, moving around frequently would suffice.
Most importantly, spend some quality time with them. Few words of kindness would generate so much positivity around them. Laugh out loud along with them, make them happy by just spending some time with them. Being Happy indeed improves the quality of life and increases your lifespan. Given the case, why not give it a try.
Talking about keeping good health in old age, maintaining a balanced and proper diet is essential. The metabolism slows down as you age and it is highly important for you to keep track of their food habits. While eating well is vital for people of all age, it is of prime importance for the elders.
If you are not able to be at home through out the day and if the elders at your home need assistance for their everyday activities, it is best that you consider having a care giver at home to help them.This helps them overcome their physical disabilities. Nowadays, providing care and medical services at home has become very convenient and popular among the senior citizens. Most people often only require companionship to keep them occupied until their loved ones return home.
This eliminates the sense of being alone. Also at times when you are held up at work and are not able to take them to a hospital, you can book a care, which will just be a phone call away and a doctor/nurse will be scheduled to provide the care. While all this happens, would you not be worried about when the doctor has reached your place, whether the necessary care has been provided or not and etc., Well, we have got it all covered. Through, CET’s PATIENT PORTAL, you will be able to track all the services and care that has been provided, the details of the Physicians that are going to be administering the care, the medications that has been prescribed etc.,
Although, taking them to a Senior center or Elderly home might be an option, you might not want to keep them away and caring for your loved ones from the comfort of being at home gives them a feel of security and confidence that they are near their beloved. Also, it helps maintain strong family relationships.
Do not consider them a burden. Make your life and theirs easier by taking necessary precautions.