How to Prepare Yourself and Your Home for Home Care – Florida Home Care
There may be times when you or a loved one needs a little more help than expected. It may be because of an illness, surgery, or an unexpected emergency. Handling medical issues can be stressful to begin with. Add to that having someone coming in to your home to provide that extra care or therapy can add to that pressure. It takes some planning and thought, but having someone come in to your home and help can be a smooth transition and help relieve that stress.
Plan Out Your Questions – then Ask Them – Write down all of the questions you can think of regarding the need for home care. You’ll need this as you talk to the doctors, but also as you talk to your insurance company to see what is covered. Questions might include: Is care needed around the clock, or just at certain times? What will the caregiver be required to do (give treatments or therapy, monitor equipment, change dressings, etc.)? How long will the person need to come to my house?
While in the hospital, talk to the doctor, nurses, and even discharge managers to get your questions answered. The more information you have, the better able you’ll be to prepare for home care. If you aren’t able to, make sure you have a relative or close friend that can be your voice and get you the information you need.
Look at Your Home – Once you have the details, you’ll better be able to look at your home environment and prepare for you, your loved one, and the care giver. If the patient is going to be in bed, you’ll be able to clear out some room to allow for any equipment that may be needed. If the person being cared for is more mobile, an area for therapy can be prepared. Talking to your Patient Care Coordinator will help you know the scope of the care and what is needed at your home.
Understand the Home Care Givers Role – It’s important to keep in mind why this person is in your home. They are there for therapy, treatments, etc. and to tend to the patient. Since they are in your home so often, you may ask them to do something without even realizing it (watch the dog, grab the laundry). Don’t be offended if they politely decline. Their sole purpose is to support the health of their patient.
“Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness”
- Roll May, psychologist
Gathering as much knowledge as possible before hand will help make it easier to prepare for home care. Realizing that everyone is working towards the same goal – helping the patient – will ease some of the stress and make your experience with the care giver be more successful.