Understanding the Care of Your Senior Loved One
Cranberry Home Care provides non-medical in-home care services for seniors in Dartmouth, MA, and surrounding areas.
What kinds of home care services are there?
A senior may obtain any number of home health care services. Care may include everything from professional nursing care to specialized medical treatments, and laboratory workups, depending on the circumstances of each patient. Your care plan and any home care assistance you might require will be decided by you and your doctor.
In-Home Care Services Can Include:
1. Physician Home Visits (Medical Care at Home)
To identify and treat the ailment, a doctor may see a patient at home. Additionally, he or she might periodically assess the need for home health care.
2. Professional Nursing Care (Medical Care at Home)
Depending on the person’s needs, nursing care is the most typical type of home health care. A registered nurse will create a care plan after consulting with the doctor. Nursing care may involve pain management, ostomy care, wound dressing, intravenous therapy, drug administration, monitoring of the patient’s overall health, and other forms of medical assistance.
3. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy (Medical Care at Home)
After sickness or disability, some individuals might need assistance relearning how to carry out daily tasks, relearn speech, swallowing, walking, and more. A physical therapist can create a care plan to assist a patient in regaining or enhancing the use of their muscles and joints. An occupational therapist can assist a patient who has lost the ability to carry out daily tasks like eating, bathing, dressing, and other activities due to physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems. Someone with impaired speech can regain their ability to speak clearly with the aid of a speech therapist.
4. Medical Social Workers (Medical Care at Home)
Medical social workers offer a range of services to patients, such as counseling and finding local resources to aid in the patient’s recovery. If the patient’s medical condition is extremely complex and calls for the coordination of numerous services, some social workers also serve as the patient’s case manager.
5. Non-Medical Personal Care
Home health aides or caregivers can assist the patient with daily activities like getting out of bed, moving around, showering, and dressing. Some care professionals have obtained specific training to help with more specialized care like dementia care, memory loss, or mobility issues that come with Parkinson’s disease.
6. Non-Medical Companion Care
A care professional or caregiver can be a person who helps with tasks or chores and can keep the house running smoothly by preparing meals, doing laundry, going food shopping, and doing other housekeeping activities. They also provide companionship and a friendly face for seniors who may not get much socialization during the week.