The home health industry is growing. Many patients prefer to receive care in the comfort of their own homes. For others, it is physically demanding or impossible to travel to an office location, and home health gives them access to the care they otherwise wouldn’t have.
Patients appreciate the option to have a caregiver come to them. Home health caregivers can discuss medications and teach treatments and procedures. They are able to get a full picture of the patient’s life by observing their surroundings so they can offer the most viable solutions.
Home healthcare comes with a unique set of challenges and risks. Since caregivers will be visiting patients in their own homes, they will need to travel. Driving to and from appointments exposes them to the possibility of a car accident that could cause an injury or damage to their vehicle.
Travel during inclement weather increases this risk. A good car insurance policy is a must to protect the driver. Some insurance policies can be bundled to provide coverage in more than one area. Check with your provider to discover what is included.
Some patients may be difficult to deal with. They could refuse care or be uncooperative. On occasion, a caregiver could face accusations of abuse or of stealing from the patient’s home. It’s vital that caregivers are properly trained and know how to handle any situation they may find themselves in.
Access to the right tools and equipment is essential for proper care. Prospective patients need an evaluation to determine if home care is the right choice and can provide everything they need. If the patient has limited mobility, it can be a challenge for a caregiver to lift and help them on their own.
Some home environments can be risky for the caregivers that visit. Poor sanitation and hygiene warrant the use of safety measures and protective equipment to prevent infections. The patient’s home may also be a danger to the patient themselves if stairs and other features present a fall risk. If possible, offer tips and solutions to minimize the potential for an accident.
The location of the patient’s home can sometimes be an issue. There is the possibility that a caregiver could be in danger if visiting an area that has a high crime rate. An angry family member or even pets can also be a danger.
Home health is in high demand because it is convenient and saves the patient time and money. It is especially important to offer this service to the elderly and those that have physical difficulties and may not have the opportunity to travel to get medical assistance.
While patient satisfaction and care are a top priority, caregivers should also advocate for themselves and look out for their own safety. Clear communication with team members and management can address any concerns and needs that caregivers have to make the home health experience both valuable and safe.
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