What Are Alternatives to Nursing Homes?

When people face the end of life most would prefer to be cared for at home. This can be tricky for the family who often doesn’t have the knowledge and skills to provide the necessary care to their loved ones. Sadly once people are placed in nursing homes, they often don’t come home again, and being cared for in their own environment is much more likely to extend their life.

At-Home Hospice Care

Capital Caring Health’s primary care at home offers the patient the chance to be cared for at home while still receiving all treatment and assistance required to support them through their illness. Some of the features of primary care at home include:

  • House calls by Nurse Practitioners, and Social Workers who are skilled in putting the systems in place.
  • Blood tests and x-rays are now able to be carried out at home
  • Pain management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Family involvement in following the care plan
  • Preparing the family for the end

Needed Equipment

When the patient is being assessed for care in the home, certain equipment will be required to make the task easier.

  • A hospital bed
  • Sheepskin rug to prevent bedsores
  • A mobility frame for the ambulant patient
  • A bedside commode chair
  • If the patient is very heavy, a lifter may be required to get them in and out of bed.
  • Most equipment is case-specific and can either be purchased or hired for the term of the illness.

Medications

Once the care plan is in place, the medications can be complex. Sometimes an intravenous drip is inserted to give the patient extra hydration. All this can be carried out in the home by at-home hospice care. If the patient is taking numerous oral medications at different times of the day, this becomes confusing to the family and the care team will set up a 7-day dose dispenser, that is a medication dispenser often pre-loaded with the patient’s drugs for the week by the pharmacist. This way every day is clearly marked, and the family won’t become overwhelmed by the drugs.

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Palliative Care

When you are carrying out palliative care in the home it can be very draining for the carer. Often weighed down with the grief of losing a loved one accompanied by lack of sleep and general day-to-day workload, it is important to have help and hospice care in the home services will give the carer another person to debrief with. If you feel that you require specialized counseling or when losing a younger family member to terminal illness, grief counseling is recommended, and the counselor can come to the house and support your family through the process.

Capital Caring Health

Provides around-the-clock support, and because illness never takes a break there is always someone to support and guide you.

When the patient has been prescribed a special diet for their condition, this can be hard for the carer to make, in some cases, it may be easier to have calorie-controlled meals made and ordered in bulk and kept in the freezer. In cases of obesity where weight loss is essential, counting the calories at home is not exact, so talk to your care provider about what you should do to help the patient lose weight and be easier to care for.

How Long Can In-Home Hospice Care Last?

In some cases, the stay-at-home services last for six months. Depending on the circumstances, a patient could spend two or three months under home care to receive a greater benefit. Surveys show that the families receiving the service are very satisfied with it. When your loved one is suffering from one of the following illnesses you should consider calling hospice care for help.

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Dementia
  • COPD
  • HIV
  • Renal Failure
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Extreme Age and Debilitation, deteriorating condition.

Call Capital Caring Health to Learn More

Health insurance will help pay for your loved ones’ care, and if you don’t have health insurance, phone Capital Caring Health anyway to discuss your options as no one is turned away for financial reasons. The criteria for care is that the patient has a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less. Of course, the exact time is impossible to judge, and that is why many people need help now.

Call Capital Caring Health to learn more.