Who needs interim health care?
Interim health care is temporary or short-term. Lots of people need it.People, young and old a like, may require interim health care or short term care at some point in their life. If a person has just undergone major surgery and is having difficulty recovering, although the patient may be sent home, he needs someone to assist him. This is where interim health care comes into play. There are agencies as well as independent home health care providers that come into the home and do whatever needs to be done. This may last for days or weeks or months or even years depending on the patient’s situation.
Hospice provides interim health care. When a person is terminally ill and wants to die at home, hospice makes this possible. The hospice workers come into the home every day to tend to the terminal patient and they are also an invaluable source of comfort and information to the family that may feel in over its head and is grieving the impending loss of their loved one.
A young person who has experienced a serious injury or health problem can also benefit from interim health care, where nurses and therapists come into the home to assist the youngster in his recovery.
Patients frequently recover faster and easier when they are in familiar surroundings. If the patient is not going to recover and everyone, including the patient, knows this, being at home, among your cherished possessions and family, and friends makes the exodus easier. There are no sterile trappings, bright lights, instruments or strange doctors and nurses poking and prying at the person.
Sometimes interim health care is used very briefly, just long enough to get someone back on their feet. When a person is recovering from an illness or injury, he may not be able to dress or feed himself, bathe himself, do the laundry, cook or any of the normal aspects of living and this is where an interim home-health provider comes in handy.
Often, the home-health provider serves as a companion, someone to talk to, someone to provide comfort, someone to take the patient on drives or errands.
There is a variety of home health care providers, running the gamut from nurses, aids, even doctors who make home visits, occupational- and physical therapists, speech therapists, those who do house work and those who bathe the patient.
This group of people is a wealth of information. They can keep you abreast of the patient’s problems and concerns and how the patient can be helped as well as advise you on products to make the home more handicapped accessible. They can teach you how to sort out and distribute medicines, how to bathe a person and how to make the house more manageable for the person who may be using a walker, cane or wheelchair. There are many things that can be done to make life easier and safer for someone who is struggling with their balance or sight or hearing.
Interim health care also includes respite care where an individual comes into the homes and “spots” the family care-taker that needs some time off or away from a situation that can be very draining and taxing. Maybe the family caretaker just needs a night off or a few hours away to tend to their business. The respite worker holds down the fort until the caretaker returns.
There is currently a vast aging population and this group of people and their children who are trying to look after them and provide the best situation have very specific needs and concerns. The answers are out there.