As we age, our bodies may grow weaker and we may become more fragile than we once were; we are no longer able to throw a football for 53 yards like we once did.
When you begin to feel your body (i.e. bones, legs, muscle strength, endurance, stamina, etc.) weakening, what should you do? Where should you go from here?
It is no secret that most people want to believe that they do not need help, that they are independent, or they can manage on their own to prevent the chances of becoming a “burden”. However, this can led to some unnecessary health mishaps that could have otherwise been prevented. For example, your joint pains are increasing and you wake up daily with stiff joints, so much that it becomes a taxing effort to get out of bed which may then lead to over exertion and then exhaustion; maybe you’ve lost your appetite and begin skipping meals which may then cause you to become dizzy and potentially pose a fall threat.
Where do you plan to go from here, or where should you start?
- The first thing you should do is consult with your physician or doctor. They need to know the state of your condition, whether a new appearance or a decrease in current condition.
- The second thing you should do is decide whether to tell your close friends and family about your new, or decreasing, condition. This can raise some awareness to your loved ones, which can benefit the both of you because it may be an extra pair of eyes to monitor your condition.
- If your condition is decreasing rapidly or has caused you to become home-bound or disabled, talk to both your physician and family about your choices regarding your care (i.e. nursing home, inpatient therapy, home health care, outpatient therapy, etc.).
What are your options?
- Depending on the severity of your condition, the rate at which it is increasing or decreasing, accessibility to a caregiver and your home-bound status there are several different options to choose from.
- Nursing Homes:
A nursing home is a place for people who don’t need to be in a hospital but can’t be cared for at home. Most nursing homes have nursing aides and skilled nurses on hand 24 hours a day. Some nursing homes are set up like a hospital. The staff provides medical care, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapy. There might be a nurses’ station on each floor. Other nursing homes try to be more like home. They try to have a neighborhood feel. Often, they don’t have a fixed day-to-day schedule, and kitchens might be open to residents. Staff members are encouraged to develop relationships with residents. Some nursing homes have special care units for people with serious memory problems such as Dementia. Some will let couples live together. Nursing homes are not only for the elderly, but for anyone who requires 24-hour care.
- Inpatient Care: Inpatient care refers to medical treatment that is provided in a hospital or other facility, and requires at least one overnight stay. Inpatient Treatment is a type of treatment in which a patient is provided with 24 hour care at a live-in facility. Both psychiatric and physical health assistance are included in this treatment. In most cases, patients will stay at inpatient treatment facilities for months at a time. One important difference in inpatient treatment when compared to outpatient treatment is the amount of medical attention received by a patient. In inpatient treatment, constant medical supervision is placed over each resident.
- Outpatient Treatment: In outpatient treatment, treatments vary depending on the patient’s needs and the facility but they typically meet a couple of times every week for a few hours at a time. Outpatient treatment is desired by many people because of its flexibility.
- Home Health Care: Home Care is a service that assists those in need to continue living and celebrating life from the comfort of their own home. Depending on various insurances, some may require you to be “home-bound” in order to receive services in the comfort of your own home.
- What does Home-bound mean?
- You have trouble leaving your home without help (like using a cane, wheelchair, walker, or crutches; special transportation; or help from another person) because of an illness or injury OR
- Leaving your home isn’t recommended because of your condition AND
- You’re normally unable to leave your home and leaving home is a major effort
You may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, like attending religious services. You can still get home health care if you attend adult day care.
There are many options available to your and your family that can aid in the care of your health. This blog offers you a few of the options and broad details on these options. Ask your physician, google, or call a local agency that assists the elderly and disabled in finding health care options.
If you would like more information on Home Health Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Wound Care or Home Health Aides, call Hands of Compassion HomeCare today. We strive to offer you the best help possible, even if our services are no the right fit. Above all else, we care about our elderly and disabled, and are advocates for their equal and best care.
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