April 8, 2016 Home Health Care
Home health care is important for individuals who are unable to take care of themselves completely on their own. A combination of skilled and non-skilled professionals supports the individual during their time of need. This asset can provide relief for family members, acting as primary or secondary caregivers.
Home health care professionals supplement existing care efforts for the caregiver of the loved one in need. They also serve as an invaluable resource when family members are otherwise unavailable.
There are two types of care available: skilled and non-skilled. When defining health care needs, the family has the option of choosing skilled or non-skilled care. Skilled care professionals have a higher level of certification they have obtained in the area of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, mental health, or speech therapy. Often when skilled care is recommended, Medicare may cover the costs of the care. Unskilled care falls into the area of companion or personal care. They assist with grooming, dressing, housekeeping and meal preparation. Certified Nursing Assistants and home health care aides typically administer this type of care. Families turn to long term care insurance plans to lower the costs associated with providing this level of care. The care sought depends on the physician recommendation and family needs
Home health care serves as a supplemental resource for families who don’t have the resources, skill or schedule to provide the level of care needed for their loved ones. Families have the peace of mind of knowing that their family member is getting the care they need around the clock when they need it.