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    How Home Care Can Provide Support & Assistance for Your Loved One after a Stroke

    Home care specialists provide support & assistance as your loved one returns home after being hospitalized for a stroke.

    How Home Care Can Provide Support & Assistance for Your Loved One after a Stroke

    What is Home Care?

    Home care is a more personalized alternative to nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It provides services such as personal care, homemaking, companionship and more to individuals living at home, so they can remain comfortable and independent for as long as possible.

    Home Care vs Home Health

    Home health is typically short-term medical services administered in the home to treat an illness or injury. This type of medical assistance is usually provided by a registered nurse, physical, occupational or speech therapist. Home care agencies are often requested to provide supplemental care as the patient transitions.

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    Who is a Good Candidate for Home Care?

    Home care can be beneficial for individuals who are getting older, are chronically ill, are recovering from a surgery or are disabled. Perhaps your loved one needs assistance with day-to-day tasks but does not need to be in a nursing home or hospital. Home care could be the right fit for them.

    What Types of Home Care Services Are Available?

    Home care looks different for everyone. Each individual’s needs are unique, and home care can be tailored to fit those needs. Depending on what your loved one’s needs are, caregiving services can be available 24-hours a day or a few hours each week. Some of the services include:

    Personal care:

    • Bathing, Grooming, Dressing
    • Toileting and Incontinence
    • Medication Reminders
    • Mobility Assistance
    • Repositioning to Avoid Bedsores
    • Transportation to and from Medical Appointments

    Homemaking:

    • Grocery Shopping, Cooking and Clean-up
    • Errands and Shopping
    • Transportation
    • Light Housekeeping, Laundry and Ironing
    • Changing Bed Linens
    • Pet and Plant Care

    Companionship:

    • Conversation
    • Reading Aloud
    • Hobbies and Projects
    • Outings and Events
    • Morning Wake-Up & Evening Tuck-In
    • Assistance with Attending Religious Services

     

    Home Care Interventions for Patients being discharged for a Stroke

    Research shows that 9% of individuals who have suffered from a stroke will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

    While this number is low, there are still things that can be done to prevent a readmission. Home care can help provide services so another trip to the hospital isn’t likely.

    Our agency uses evidence-based practices that are proven to reduce the risk of readmission and promote the health of those who have recently had a heart attack:

    1. Rehabilitation

    Rehabilitation is one of the most important parts of recovery for stroke survivors. Stroke rehabilitation helps to build strength and capability so stroke survivors can continue with daily activities. A home caregiver can provide transportation to and from rehabilitation to make sure stroke survivors are relearning what they need in order to become independent

    (source): www.strokeassociation.org

    1. Fatigue

    Individuals who have suffered from a stroke will likely have a decrease in energy and experience fatigue. Fatigue often occurs without warning and makes it difficult to do everyday routine activities. Home care specialists can help by assisting with light housekeeping, changing linens, lifting heavy items, and meal prep and planning. Caregivers can get work around the house done so stroke survivors can rest easy.

    (source): www.strokeassociation.org

    1. Personal Care

    Stroke survivors may have difficulty with fine motor skills that can make simple tasks like dressing, grooming, bathing and bathroom trips difficult. Caregivers can help assist with these tasks so stroke patients don’t get frustrated at the difficulty of them. Caregivers can help with personal care so individuals are taken care of.

    (source): www.strokeassociation.org

     

    Impact of Home Care Outcomes for Seniors

    1. Cost

    Home-care services are more affordable than assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

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    1. Families

    Families have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are getting the care they need.

    1. Quality of Life

    Aging individuals’ desire is to remain at home.

    1. Health

    Individuals will have increased longevity due to more personalized care.

    Harmony is founded with a single focus in mind: providing compassionate home care and home healthcare to the residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

    Our trustworthy caregivers are ready to lend a helping hand to your mother, father, children, and loved ones in Greene County, Fayette County, Somerset County, and many more locations throughout the region. Contact us and one of our patient advocates will be happy to discuss how Harmony's programs can help your family today. 

    We’re here to help. Call us now, or we can call you.