There are many reasons for wanting an ill or recuperating loved one to be cared for at home. Care at home is a humane and compassionate way to deliver healthcare, because it enables patients to enjoy the comfort, privacy and convenience of home. Home care is a cost-effective alternative to institutional care.
Although many people think home care is only for the elderly, this is not the case.
Home care can take on the unique situation and needs of the individual, whether an elder, young disabled individual, or a young individual with developmental issues. The goal of home care is to help relieve the family of the full responsibilities of caring for their loved one, whether mature or young.
Some typical cases in which home healthcare may be appropriate for patients:
- A patient has been discharged from the hospital but is not fully recovered or has a condition that needs monitoring (e.g. surgery, heart attack, stroke).
- A person has a chronic condition and requires care until he/she has stabilized (e.g. heart/lung disease, diabetes).
- A loved one requires moderate or maximum assistance with at least the following activities of daily living (ADLs), including bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, transferring.
- An infant born prematurely goes home but requires monitoring.
- Someone recently diagnosed with a disease needs education about the illness and help coping with it (e.g. high blood pressure).
- After delivering a baby, a woman needs follow-up care/support at home.
- A family is caring for an elderly, disabled or sick family member and needs education or additional support.
- A person is being hospitalized repeatedly or is experiencing prolonged hospital stays.
- Someone is in the final stages of an incurable disease.
- An accident victim suffers fractures and needs therapy.