Home health care services are health care services that are provided in your home after an illness or during recovery from an injury or surgery. These services are considered temporary for the most part. As the patient receives home health care they recover and services are no longer needed.
Home health care is provided as part of your doctor’s care plan for you. You might need home health care to help you recover from a surgery, or to learn new skills after a change in your health status. For example, a stroke survivor may need physical therapy to regain strength in an arm or leg. Similarly, someone who has had a hip replacement may need occupational therapy to learn new ways to do tasks such as putting on socks.
Other examples of home health care include wound care, injections, patient and caregiver education, and health monitoring during a serious illness or unstable health status. Home health care staff can take your vital signs, ensure you are taking medication correctly, and monitor your overall health and recovery.
The ability of patients to recover at home has several benefits. First, many patients feel more comfortable at home and more easily adapt to therapy and care. Patients can still receive visitors without the fuss of visiting hours. Second, the cost of home health care is significantly less than hospital care or a skilled nursing facility. The costs with home health care are often covered by Medicare for older patients.
You can ask for a home health care agency directly if you choose. All Saints Health Care is honored when patients are referred to us by previous or current patients. You can also talk to your doctor to see if he or she has a referral to an agency.
Home health care services are an important part of the health care support system in our community. If you or a loved one are looking for home health care services in Wichita or the surrounding area, we’d love to help! Contact us to see how we can get you or a loved one back on the road to recovery.