The Importance of Home Health Care

There are home health agencies in the community that employ nurses and therapists who specialize in providing services for patients at home.  These healthcare professionals will come to your home for a specific time period as specified by your physician (for example, twice a week for eight weeks). They report your status to your physician on an ongoing basis. Home health nurses & therapists,subsequently, become the link to your physician so that he or she can stay apprised of your condition and be notified promptly should you require additional care or attention. 

The home health staff provides and helps coordinate the care and/or therapy your doctor orders. Along with your doctor, the home health staff creates a written plan of care for your treatment. It describes what services you will get to reach and keep your best physical, mental, and social well being. The home health staff keeps your doctor up to date on how you are doing and updates your plan of care needs, as authorized by your doctor.  

While you receive care at home, the home health staff teaches you (and your caregiver) how to continue any care you may need. This may include medication, wound care, therapy, and stress management. Since most home health care is intermittent and part-time, you (and your informal caregivers) should learn how to identify and treat possible problems, such as confusion or shortness of breath.