How Home Healthcare Helps the Caregiver
Having a professional oversee your loved one’s care in the comfort of home offers you peace of mind.
After a loved one is injured, has a surgery or diagnosed with a chronic illness, it can be overwhelming for the family caregiver to understand what to do next. The thought of caring for someone at home can feel isolating and daunting. But family caregivers are not alone. Home health nurses and therapists develop a plan of care to address the patient’s goals and will educate the patient and the caregiver on their condition. In addition, caregivers can rest easy that their loved one’s care is being overseen by a team of healthcare professionals.
What to expect with home healthcare
When your loved one requires home health services, this could mean an array of services including:
- Cardiac care
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Chronic disease management
- Post-surgical care
- Medication management and education
When home healthcare is ordered, the family caregiver can have peace of mind knowing that their loved one’s needs are being cared for by a team of nurses and therapists. While working with the physician, the home health team will create an individualized plan of care that is focused on meeting your loved one’s needs. The nurses and therapists can educate and involve the caregiver into their loved one’s care plan so that the caregiver feels more comfortable in this role. Caregivers should not be afraid to ask questions to their loved one’s home health nurse and call the home health agency with any concerns.