Home Health Care: What They Can Do For You

If you have been injured or you are sick, then you may be eligible to receive home health care services. Your doctor will refer you to agencies you can contact to get started with a home health care provider. One thing you want to be sure to do is to let your doctor know which insurance plan you will be using so they can refer you to agencies they think will take your insurance. When you call an agency, one of the first things you want to verify with them before making an appointment to get started is that they do in fact accept your insurance. If you won't be using insurance, then you want to hire the best agency you can get for the price that you can afford. You also want to check to see if they give cash-paying discounts because many providers and agencies will do this. Here is more general information on home health care services. 

You will get help with your hygiene tasks

The home health care provider can help you by assisting you with any and all of the daily hygiene needs that you need help with. From brushing your teeth to helping you bathe and getting you dressed, they are there to make sure you are cared for. Staying clean is always important, but it's even more so when you have open wounds or your body is already trying to heal or combat something. 

You will get help with your wound, incision site, or another injury

They will also help you with wound care, which includes properly cleaning the wound or incision site and rebandaging it as needed. If you have a drainage bag to drain a wound or incision site, then they may also empty the bag for you. They will also chart your input and output if you have a catheter and empty the catheter bag for you as well. They can also help you with your colostomy bag if you have one. 

You will get help with your various medications and be monitored

The home health care provider may also help with your medications, and this can include giving you pills and capsules that you will take orally, giving you oral liquid medications you were prescribed, giving you injections, or giving you medications and fluid through an IV bag. The home health care provider will also take your vitals and record them. Your vitals include your temperature, your blood pressure, your heart rate, and your respiration rate. Your respiration rate is the number of times you take a breath in a minute. Most people don't realize this is part of the vitals because medical professionals are trained to count your reps at the end of checking your heart rate or at another moment when you don't know what they are doing, This is how they get an accurate count because people don't breathe normally when they know someone is counting. 

You will get help with your daily tasks

The home health care worker can also do all the things you need to be done in your home while you are not able to move around and do them for yourself, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, and answering the telephone for you.