Exploring the Many Health Benefits of Home Care

Posted on: April 12th, 2018 by Renee Williams | 21 Comments

Benefits of Home CareFrom isolated older adults to veterans experiencing PTSD to individuals with cognitive disorders, in-home care is playing an increasing role in improving outcomes for those with mental health issues. In honor of national Mental Health Month coming up in May, To The Rescue shares the following information on how our skilled in-home care services can help improve quality of overall health – physical, mental, and emotional.

Physical Health Benefits

Did you know that professional home care services are instrumental in reducing hospital readmissions and visits to the emergency room? Just a few of the many ways we’re able to improve physical health include:

  • Provide transportation to medical appointments and procedures
  • Pick up prescriptions, and ensure medications are taken exactly as prescribed
  • Plan and prepare healthy, nutritious meals
  • Perform a safety assessment of the home to reduce the risk of falls
  • Encouragement to participate in doctor-approved exercise programs
  • And a full range of skilled nursing services, such as:
    • Pain management
    • Wound care
    • Catheter and colostomy care and education
    • Infection management
    • Specialized assistance for chronic conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart disease, and more

Mental Health Benefits

Our fully trained home health aides, under the supervision of our registered nurses, are equipped to help improve quality of mental health through:

  • Motivation to engage in mind-stimulating games and puzzles
  • Around-the-clock care in our residential housing when appropriate, to assist with:
    • Life skills development
    • Family education and support
    • Community supportive living and integration
    • Medication management
    • Development and implementation of individualized service plans
    • And more

Emotional Health Benefits

One of the difficulties experienced by a large number of older adults and those with disabilities is isolation and limited socialization, which can lead to depression and other serious health risks. To The Rescue’s compassionate non-medical in-home care team brings a ray of sunshine and hope into the homes of those in need of a caring friend. We can boost emotional health through:

  • Providing a caring companion to engage in conversations and reminiscing
  • Encouraging participation in enjoyable pastimes, hobbies and interests
  • Taking walks, enjoying the outdoors, and ensuring there are opportunities for physical activity to boost mood
  • Sharing in meals together, if desired, to make mealtimes more pleasant
  • Maintaining a clean and organized home environment
  • Offering accompaniment and transportation to family events and outings
  • And so much more

To learn more about how the expert assistance of To The Rescue’s in-home care staff can enhance quality of life on a variety of levels for yourself or someone you love, contact us any time at 720-851-2100 in Colorado, or at 319-826-6068 in Iowa. We’d love to offer you some helpful resources related to a particular challenge you’re facing, and to provide a free in-home consultation to develop a plan of care to address those challenges and make life safer, easier and more fulfilling. Whether the need is for just a few hours each week of help around the home, full-time, around-the-clock care, or anything in between, To The Rescue is here for you!

21 Responses

  1. Ellie Davis says:

    Thank you for pointing out that having in-home care can help you plan and prepare meals as well as help with education. My husband and I are wanting to find the best in home care for my mother. Hopefully, I can do some research and find the best home care possible.

  2. I have an uncle that is looking to get home health care services. He wants to make sure that his wife that will be receiving the care will get the most out of it. It might help him to know that they will help her take walks, enjoy the outdoors, and improve her physical quality of life.

  3. It is best to know the advantages and disadvantages of health benefits of home care to best choose services for elder care.

  4. That is really cool that the nurses could help someone to have the motivation to engage in mind-stimulating games and puzzles. That is something that I would want to try out for my great aunt since she is getting fairly old. This is something that I will have to consult the family about soon.

  5. Harry says:

    Very informative stuff here! Thank you!

  6. That is really nice that having home care can give transportation to medical appointments. That is something I would want to have if I were stuck at home. Maybe I should look into getting some home care for my father since he is disabled.

  7. Kate Hansen says:

    It was really helpful when you mentioned that it can provide life skills development. My grandma has been living by herself for a couple of months now and her health hasn’t been too great at all and I worry about her being by herself. I’ll have to look into hiring in-home care services for her so she won’t be alone anymore.

  8. I did not know that professional home care services are instrumental in reducing hospital readmissions and visits to the emergency room. One of my aunts passed away and she was the one that used to take care of my uncle. It would be nice to talk to the family to see if we can provide home care to him because he needs assistance.

  9. David Butler says:

    Very informative post. I read your post. Protection is a worry for elder loved ones. My grandpa fell down the other day; it was frightening. My family wants to talk to him about moving to a community for care.

  10. Ellie Davis says:

    I liked that you mentioned home care will help your loved ones to participate in hobbies and interesting activities. My husband and I are thinking about how to help my grandmother now that my grandfather passed away, and we are looking for advice. I will let him know about the benefits of home care to help her during this stage of her life.

  11. My uncle lives alone and he needs help to do his daily chores. I found it interesting how you said that in-home care services can provide a caregiver to offer accompaniment. Thanks for sharing this article, I will talk to my parents to see if they would like to get him a caregiver.

  12. Bob Newton says:

    It’s good that you point out that in-home health care is beneficial to seniors who need some extra help in their daily life. My father is starting to get too old to take care of himself, so I’m considering hiring in-home care for him. I’m going to look for a good provider of in-home health care in my area.

  13. It’s interesting how a professional companion can help a disabled person to encourage to rehabilitate. One of my aunts lives alone and she had a stroke which makes the family be worried about her health care. I will talk to the family to see if we all agree on hiring a skilled nursing service so that she can have someone next to her.

  14. As you mentioned, one of the difficulties that older adults face is the sense of isolation and limited socialization. My grandmother lives alone, and we can’t always be there when she would like. It would be nice to have someone scheduled to go see her once a week to make sure everything is alright.

  15. Fred Gibbons says:

    It’s valuable that you point out that in-home care is great for the physical and mental health of elderly adults. I care a lot about my mother’s health, so I’m thinking about hiring an in-home caregiver for her. I’m going to look for a good provider of in-home care services in my area to use.

  16. Well Described! Keep up the good writing.

  17. Heath-Care says:

    I was looking for this info for my mission. The article above really explains everything in detail, the article is very interesting and effective. Thank you so much and good luck for the upcoming articles.

  18. Vishakha says:

    This article was very interesting and helpful for health care.

  19. Fred Gibbons says:

    Thank you for pointing out that home health care is good for the emotional wellbeing of seniors. I worry about my mother’s emotional health, so I’m considering hiring an in-home caregiver for her. I’m going to search for a reputable provider of home health care in the area that I can hire.

  20. Conrad O'Connor says:

    Thank you for pointing out that in-home care is good for the emotional health of seniors. I worry about my mother’s mental health since she lives on her own, so I’m considering hiring some in-home health care for her. I’m going to search for a good home health care provider in my area that I can hire.

  21. I had no idea that hospital readmissions can be reduced by home care professionals. I had no idea that home care services are who take care of all of that. No one wants to get into a situation where there are too many readmissions

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