In Need of Home Health Care Services

By on November 14, 2012

Lisa in Los Angeles, CA writes in looking for home health care services.medical-home-care

A very close friend of mine had a kidney transplanted when she was of 29 years old.

During this treatment she also faced some heart problems due to this kidney transplant.She is unmarried.

Her parents are also going into their retirement age. It is becoming difficult for them to look after her all the time so, we are looking for some Home Health Care.

Lisa,

I am so sorry to learn of your friends situation. Unfortunately, this is a scenario that is played out all too often in today’s society.

You do not say if your friend lives with her parents or close by. I am going to answer this from my point of view that this is an educational opportunity for all.

As parents are growing older and living longer, we will be the first generation to retire and actually care for our parents for many, many years.

In some instances, I am even seeing the parents may be in better physical health than their children, but dementia has robbed them of their independence.

This is an opportunity for the entire family to sit and discuss (yes, mom and dad too!) future care needs.

It is a great opportunity to discuss Advanced Directives and End of life issues as well as future care needs, of the entire family.

Everyone benefits here.

Then your friend’s parents may want to introduce home care in the home on a regular intermittent basis. This way it becomes part of her routine. Here is a form for interviewing home care partners.

We here at Aging Home Health Care may be able to help in your search for a health care provider. We are publishing a directory of home health care agencies. You will be able to search by state for in home care help. Here is a form for interviewing agencies

Your friend learns how to manage inside help and still has her parents to support her when she feels a need to ask for outside assistance.

Of course, before having any home health provider come into your home, please take time to read information on what you need to know before you hire in home care.

This will give them insight into how to protect and prepare for strangers in the house.

I will tell you that statistics show that it takes 5- 7 caregivers before you find one that meets your needs. So be patient.

Good luck and good wishes to you and your friend.

Thank you for the opportunity to answer this.

Diane Carbo RN