Defining home health care
Home health care, simply put, is a formal, regulated program of care delivered by a variety of health care professionals in the patient’s home. Whether it be an illness or injury, this kind of health care is generally more convenient and less expensive. The goal of this kind of health care is to help in recovery, and promote independence and self-sufficiency among patients.
Who needs it?
Anyone can be given assistance by home health care services here in the Philippines. Though these may be common among the elderly, here are some individuals that can benefit from these as well:
- Terminal patients suffering from heart failure, chronic lung problems, kidney disease, stroke, neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease are the common illnesses that require the support of home health care services.
- Those who are in need of complex medical care. This can be the result of chronic illness, disabilities or following hospital treatment. Complex care is sometimes referred to as long-term care or continuing care.
- New parents, specifically mothers. Postpartum can take a toll on a mother’s body. These symptoms may include contractions, sore muscles, bleeding, and vaginal soreness among many others. Getting the extra help can come a long way.
- Those who have cognitive ailments and certain behavioral health needs. Special care is required for both these cases especially when it comes to communication and behavior management.
- Assistance or supervision with those who’ve had an injury or underwent surgery.
Usual home health care services
Here are just some of the most common kinds of services you could expect from home health care professionals:
- They may need help with activities of daily living (called “ADLs”), such as bathing, feeding, transferring from bed to a chair or wheelchair, toileting, ambulation, and/or other personal care.
- Monitoring & checking of heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and temperature.
- Pain management.
- Care coordination with the doctor or anyone who also administers care for the patient.
- Wound care for bed sores or surgical wounds.
- Counseling and behavior management.
To every household in the Philippines in need of home health care, investing in these kind of services is well worth every peso. In addition to comfort & convenience, they’re also tailored to the needs of patients, making healing and safety the primary goal.