As the population gets increasingly older, more people than ever are finding themselves needing to care for elderly relatives. If you have a family and a career, trying to care for an elderly parent can be stressful, especially if they’re in fragile health. Fortunately, you can get assistance in caring for your elderly relatives by hiring a home health nurse.
What Services Do Home Health Nurses Provide?
Home health nurses can help care for elderly relatives by providing them with many different services. In fact, anyone—not just the elderly—can benefit from skilled home nursing if they need additional care after surgery, or after being treated in the hospital for a serious illness. For instance, if you are diabetic or need help to manage your medications, a home health nurse can help you.
Along with diabetes or medication management, a home health nurse can take an elderly relative to doctor’s appointments, assist them with feeding and help with daily personal tasks like bathing or hair brushing. In addition, you can request other services, such as counselling, if your parent is struggling with depression or anxiety. A home health agency can also schedule health coaching sessions, including diet management, for an elderly relative.
When Is Home Health Care Available?
If you need to hire home healthcare for an elderly relative or someone else who needs medical assistance, you can schedule it for any time of day or night. Home health agencies usually offer services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and most of their shifts are split into four, eight, 12 or 24-hour shifts. In addition, you can arrange for services for as long as you need them. If you only need help after surgery for a week, or if you need long-term care for an elderly parent, you can make those specific arrangements with the home healthcare service.
Is Home Healthcare Covered by Insurance?
If you have private insurance, then your benefits may include home healthcare services for you or anyone else covered under the policy—but there may be some restrictions. You will need to review your policy or contact your insurance company to find out if the policy covers the expenses of home healthcare, and if so, under what circumstances. If you or your elderly relative uses NHS, then it may be covered under NHS continuing healthcare.
The NHS continuing healthcare programme covers home healthcare as long as there are ‘substantial and ongoing care needs’. This care includes the services of a community nurse, a specialist therapist or personal care. There is no charge to those who are eligible for services under the NHS continuing care programme.
Whether you need care after surgery or have an elderly relative who needs long-term care in your home, you can contract with a home health agency to get the assistance you need to make your, and your relative’s, life easier. Home healthcare services can bring you peace of mind about caring for an elderly parent.