Once you experience burn out, caregiving is no longer a healthy option for you or your patient.
As for you personally:
“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” Bill Cosby
Nothing helps a patient heal better than being home, surrounded with personal belongings, familiar objects, friends, family, and pets. Home healthcare can help patients heal faster because they have peace of mind. No hospital stress or worrying about what’s happening at home.
Furthermore, when a patient is healing at home, friends and family don’t have to make time to travel to/from visiting a hospital or nursing home during scheduled hours, so home healthcare benefits friends and family as well.
The limits insurance carriers place on paying medical bills has resulted in significantly shortened hospital stays.
The solution: Teams of professional skilled healthcare workers who attend to the patient’s needs at home.
And what better way to have healthcare at home than with a team from the same hospital from which you were discharged? No one will enable greater coordination between home and hospital, and no one will better understand your needs than your own hospital’s home healthcare staff.
Skilled healthcare at home is an integral part of the changing healing process. But it’s not a silver bullet: The patient’s physician must write a prescription for specific, experienced, professional home healthcare to treat each specific patient need, so insurance providers, including Medicare, pay the bill – or at least a substantial portion of it.
Be sure to check with your insurance carrier before making home healthcare arrangements, just to confirm what they’ll pay and how much you, or the patient, are responsible for, if any.
The objective of most insurance programs is to shorten hospital stays to lower costs, so patients are discharged earlier and require care at home. You’ve got to be prepared for, and arrange, some form(s) of home care.
Also, life expectancy is increasing, so more of us can expect to be parent or grandparent caregivers sooner or later.
Institutions, like most nursing homes, are fully equipped to handle every caregiver chore, but they’re expensive. They also lack the familiarity and comfort of home.
You’re not alone because there’s an abundance of help available, even if you’re on a limited budget or your patient’s insurance won’t cover the costs of help you need.
Take advantage of outside help to lighten your load.
Learn about organizations and facilities in your area that will make your job easier, more satisfying, and less self-sacrificing…and that will give you much-needed time off.
AtlantiCare Healthcare at Home offers caregivers solutions to relieve their every need.
Don’t keep your feelings bottled up. Talk with family and friends, though they’re almost sure to get tired of listening. If so, don’t hesitate to contact a professional therapist, counselor, or a qualified faith-based advisor.
Tele-monitoring is opening up a whole new world in the advancement of home healthcare! The device, worn by the patient, transmits instant remote patient diagnoses, and changes in vital signs to appropriate medical staff members at the hospital.
Doctors, nurses and technicians there are able to immediately detect changing signs that may spell danger, and to intervene in time with appropriate medical action.
Tele-monitoring increases quality of home care while reducing its costs.
Home monitoring is used for managing a variety of health conditions, such as:
Patients with different conditions wear different types of monitors, all physician-prescribed.