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Resources for Home Health, Hospice, and Elder Care

Assistive Equipment for the Home

Assistive equipment includes shower seats and bathtub mats; walkers, canes, and wheelchairs; and telephones for the hearing-impaired.

Choosing a Provider

When looking for a home health and hospice care provider, consider quality of care, availability of services, personnel training and expertise, and payer coverage.

Elder Care

Elder care encompasses a wide variety of issues, including choosing an appropriate doctor to care for an aging patient, and making decisions about moving an elderly adult from the home environment to a residential care setting.

Making the Home Environment Safe

Here are some suggestions: Make sure lighting in hallways and on stairs is adequate. Secure area rugs to prevent falls and slips. Outdoors, make certain railings, gates, and fences are secure and in good repair.

Being a Caregiver

"Formal" caregivers are paid for their services and have had training and education in providing care. "Informal" caregivers, also called family caregivers, are people who provide care to family or friends, usually without payment.

Grief and Loss

Grief moves in and out of stages from disbelief and denial, to anger and guilt, to finding a source of comfort, to eventually adjusting to the loss.

Home Health Care Statistics

Medical conditions that most frequently require home health care include diabetes, heart failure, chronic ulcer of the skin, osteoarthritis, and hypertension.

Types of Home Health Care Services

The range of home health care services a patient can receive at home is limitless. Care can range from nursing care to specialized medical services such as laboratory work-ups.

Hospice Care Overview

Hospice care usually involves relieving symptoms and providing psychological and social support for the patient and family. The goal of hospice care is to provide the terminally ill patient peace, comfort, and dignity.

Hospice Care Statistics

Less than half of hospice recipients are cancer patients. The five leading non-cancer conditions admitted to hospice are end-stage heart disease, dementia, feebleness, lung disease, and end-stage renal disease.

Home Health Care Overview

Many types of medical and social home health care services are available: nursing care, physical therapy, pharmacy services, transportation, and home-delivered meals.

Paying for Home Health and Hospice Care

Home health care services may be paid for directly by the patient, through insurance coverage, or through other public or private sources. Most hospice care programs are provided to the patient regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

Types of Home Health and Hospice Care Providers

Home health and hospice care can be provided by many different types of organizations, agencies, companies, and individuals. Choosing the service that is right for your family requires some research.

Patient Rights

If you are unhappy with the home health or hospice care you are receiving, you should notify the provider's administrator, your state health department, and the Better Business Bureau.

Types of Hospice Care Services

The goal of hospice is to provide comfort and care, not "cure" the illness or disease. Types of hospice care services provided depend on the patient's needs and preferences.

Palliative Care Methods for Controlling Pain

The biggest problem with palliative care is that many people are referred for care too late. By starting this type of care early, and by using the right type of pain management, nearly all pain problems can be relieved or reduced.

Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores or pressure sores, can develop when you are confined to a bed or chair.
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