The Benefits of In-Home Healthcare During COVID-19
August 5, 2020
Home healthcare agencies—agencies that offer medical services within the home like wound care, rehab therapy, medication management and hospice care to name a few—are more imperative than ever during the era of COVID-19.
Managing health and wellness is especially important for our senior community; but going to the doctor or the hospital may not be ideal right now while trying to keep ourselves protected. Cue home health: a service completely covered by Medicare that provides registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, health aides, counselors and more within the comfort of home.
Patients who are recovering from surgery, illness, or injury, or those that are facing end-of-life and have chosen to receive comfort measures, still need in-person access to healthcare workers. Many are finding solace in receiving that care within their homes instead of in a public facility.
In addition to the reassurance of receiving necessary medical care at home, a huge benefit of home health and hospice is access to a 24/7 support line, where questions can be answered by medical personnel around the clock and triaged appropriately. Thankfully, this means that there’s a happy middle ground between “Googling it” and calling 911.
Additionally, patients receiving home healthcare services can continue to live or visit with loved ones, whereas hospitals and facilities may be limiting guests for the foreseeable future. Patients having the ability to see and have support from their families while receiving medical services, and especially end of life care, is crucial.
Mission Home Health and Hospice is one of the agencies offering these advantages. Mission is adhering to strict safety protocols to ensure front-line workers who are entering homes are healthy and protected, including dedicated COVID teams, N95 masks, goggles, booties, respirators, gloves, a full stock of hand soaps and wipes, and clinician drive-by’s to pick up these medical supplies.
If you or a loved one could benefit from medical care within the home setting, or if you’d like to learn more, please call 888-871-0766.