What is Home Care?
When families search for assistance, they look for senior care, senior home care, disability care, elder care, assistance with daily care, nutritional care, care for mom, care for dad, veterans care, AM/PM care, or 24-hour care.
Home care allows an elderly or special needs person to remain in their home independently. It might be for people who are getting older (aging in place). It can also be for people who are chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled (medlineplus.gov).
Alzheimer or Dementia, Memory Supportive Care
An irreversible brain disease that affects memory, thinking, and the ability to complete daily care. Risk factors: age 65 years or older, develops slowly, marked by progressive loss of independence.
Approximately 5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, and the disease is typically fatal within 10 years of the onset. For more information, visit (www.americanbrainfoundation.org). The priority is safety, and the client requires daily care with most activities including eating, and toileting.
Congestive Heart Failure Supportive Care (CHF)
CHF occurs when the heart muscle does not pump blood as well as it should. Risk factors: narrowed arteries, elevated blood pressure.
One way to prevent heart failure is to prevent and control conditions that cause heart failure, such as: coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity. For more information, visit (www.mayoclinic.org). The priority is diet, hydration, weight management, and medication compliance.
COPD Supportive Care
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing. It’s typically caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, most often from cigarette smoke. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions.
For more information, visit (www.mayoclinic.org). The priority is diet, exercise, rest, medication compliance, and the use of oxygen appropriately.
Diabetes Supportive Care
Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to your health, because it is an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It is also your brain’s main source of fuel. Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 and type 2, for more info visit (www.mayoclinic.org) The priority is diet, hydration, and medication compliance.
Dialysis Supportive Care
Also known as hemodialysis, whereas the kidneys have stopped filtering waste from your blood. Dialysis treats advance kidney failure.
Dialysis treats advance kidney failure, and it can extend your life, until you are eligible and able to receive a kidney transplant. With hemodialysis, you will need to: follow a strict treatment schedule, keep all MD appointments, take medications regularly, and make changes in your diet. For more information, visit (www.mayoclinic.org).
Disability Supportive Care
Disabilities can be acute (new, or < 6 months), or chronic (6 months or >). A person can become disabled from a disease or an injury. As a result they require physical and emotional support.
Physical and emotional support. The priority is safety, mobility, diet, medication compliance, and assistance with most (if not all), daily activities. For more information, visit (https://www.doctordisability.com/disability-types/).
Obesity Supportive Care
Obesity is a complex disease involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity is not just a cosmetic concern. It is a medical problem that increases your risk of other diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers. For more information visit (www.mayoclinic.org). The priority is diet, hydration, exercise, mobility, medication compliance, and pain management.
Osteoporosis Supportive Care
Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.
Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the loss of old bone.
The high-risk categories are White and Asian women — especially older women who are past menopause. Medications, a healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise, can help prevent bone loss or strengthen bones that are already weak. For more information, visit (www.mayoclinic.org). The priority is safety, fall prevention with injuries, medication compliance, and pain management.