When a family decides to partner with a home health care and nursing service for an adult loved one, often some of the main reasons for doing so include maintaining a level of normalcy and maximizing comfort and convenience. As you work with your clients and their families or other caregivers, it is important to prioritize your client’s independence, and equip them with the tools so that they can continue to exercise their autonomy while also staying safe.
Connect and Communicate
While your client’s medical needs are likely (and rightfully!) top of mind, being aware of and caring for their emotional well-being is also essential. The importance of companionship should not be underestimated, so encourage your client to get together with friends and family members and stay engaged with their favorite activities and hobbies. If your client is unable to leave the house, mobile video chat is a terrific way for them to stay connected, especially with those who live far away.
Eliminate Potential Home Hazards
One of the main benefits of receiving home health care and nursing services is your client’s ability to continue to enjoy the comforts of home. However, it is critical that the space is free of potential hazards. As you discuss making these basic home modifications with your client and their family or other caregivers, direct them to learn more about the available resources and programs that might help to cover some of the costs.
- Improve lighting in potentially dangerous or poorly lit areas.
- Install automatic outdoor lights.
- Install rails in the bathroom(s).
- Install a security system, which can be used during emergency situations in addition to break-ins.
- Lower pantry shelves and move any frequently used items or necessities to more accessible locations.
- Secure rugs to prevent slipping.
- Depending on your client’s condition, it may also be useful to install a wheelchair ramp to provide easier access into the home, and if their bedroom is currently on an upper level of the house, consider moving it to the first floor.
Collaborate on an Emergency Plan
If your client is going to be left alone at any point, it is critical that along with the family and any other caregivers, you establish a plan in case of an emergency. Should your client fall or experience a medical event, a personal emergency response system (PERS) allows users to quickly call for help by pushing a button. And with certain models now offering GPS capability, mobile PERS solutions provide caregivers with an extra sense of security while still striking an ideal balance between care and freedom.
Comfort and convenience are just two of the many benefits of a home health care and nursing service. Your client’s ability to maintain their independence will also improve their general well-being and sense of self. By keeping an open dialogue and taking the right precautions, you and your client can take full advantage of quality home health care.