What Exactly Do Medicare-certified Home Health Care Agencies Do?

by | Aug 3, 2020 | Home Health Care Agencies, Home Health Care Potomac MD | 0 comments

Medicare-certified home health care agencies fill a lot of different needs for your senior. You’re most likely to need assistance from them if your elderly family member is recovering from a serious injury, illness, or surgery, but there could be other circumstances that have her homebound, too. 

Help Set up Goals for Recovery and Care

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One of the first steps in working with home health care services is to determine your senior’s goals in both recovery and care. Your elderly family member may be recovering from surgery or from an injury or illness and proper care requires planning. Experts in home health care can help you to spot potential issues and make the right goals. 

Coordinate Care with Medical Professionals 

It’s also overwhelming for you and your senior to coordinate the care that she may need. This is likely a situation in which you feel out of your element and where emotions are running high because you’re worried. Having someone in your corner who understands how all of these things work is absolutely crucial. 

Set up Therapy, Medication Management, and Other Care Needs 

It’s one thing to understand what services and treatments your senior needs in order to recover properly, it’s another entirely to be able to set up those treatments and services. Home health care providers can help. They can also help with managing medications properly so that your senior is in compliance with her care plan and getting what she needs. 

Watch for Symptoms that Could Mean Readmittance to the Hospital 

Another critical step is knowing what it looks like when your elderly family member is experiencing symptoms that could send her back to the hospital. That’s something that you definitely want to avoid and an expert in home health care can help with that. Being able to describe what’s happening accurately to your senior’s doctors through home health care providers saves a lot of time. 

Manage Home Health Treatments 

There’s a lot more that might go into helping your senior to heal and to recover, too. She may need assistance with wound care or with things like managing an oxygen concentrator or dealing with catheter care. Home health care providers can handle those types of nursing solutions for her so that she doesn’t have to leave home more often than she wants. 

Home health care providers can help your senior in many more ways than she might have expected possible during her recovery. Her recovery time might be far shorter than it would have been if she didn’t have this type of assistance. 

 

If you or an aging loved-one is considering home health care in Potomac, MD please contact the caring staff at Nest & Care today at (240) 261-1328. 

Katharina Villanueva

Katharina Villanueva

RN, BSN, CCRN-K, SCRN, CNRN, DN, CDP

Kat is the founder of Nest & Care LLC, a Private Duty In-Home Care agency providing companion care, personal care, and skilled nursing services to families in and around Montgomery County and Howard County, MD.

For the past 15 years, she has devoted her nursing career to caring for patients with Neurologic or Neurosurgical conditions in the acute, subacute and chronic phases. She worked at Keck Medical Center of USC in Los Angeles, California before moving to Maryland where she exclusively worked with patients with stroke as a stroke program coordinator at Providence Hospital.

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines in 1998. Kat is married to Mikael, a pediatric surgeon. They have 3 boys and 3 dogs.