Prevention is, and has always been, a watch-word of healthcare. Healthcare costs continue to rise at unsustainable rates and we expect longer lives, resulting in research, initiatives and even incentives to prevent illnesses, diseases and hospitalizations. When it comes to home care, there are some key accessible, and affordable, ways you can prevent possible health problems or address them more proactively.
Weekly Nurse Visits. When your aging loved one is eligible for home health services (after a decline in condition or planned hospitalization after which they are homebound) nurse visits are usually included in their treatment planned devised by their doctor and our Medicare team. These services are funded by Medicare or Medicare Advantage Plans, but they are also available through self-pay. Many clients choose to pay for one weekly nurse visit which offers improved oversight and peace of mind, as well as prevention. Read more about the benefits of a weekly nurse visit here.
Weekly Therapist Visits. Just like nurse visits, therapist visits are available through Medicare, Medicare Advantage or other health insurances when you are eligible but they are also available through self-pay. Trying to motivate Mom or Dad (or both!) to start walking and follow a regular exercise program? A weekly visit from one of our Physical Therapists, short-term or long-term, is a great option!
Telemonitoring. Also available through Medicare when you are eligible, Telemonitoring compliments your nursing and therapy services with data (weight, blood pressure, etc.) that is measured daily. Our Telemonitor unit stays in the home, slowly and clearly speaks instructions to guide your aging parent through its use, and notes lapses in measurements. This information is transmitted directly to your doctor’s office so they can respond to changes proactively and prevent hospitalizations when possible.
Low Vision Therapy. Macular degeneration and glaucoma can cause low vision that is potentially life changing for your aging loved one. Low Vision Therapy by Cooperative Home Care maximizes remaining vision through exercises and functional strategies.
Weekly Caregiver Visits. A weekly caregiver visit is a very affordable opportunity to introduce your aging loved one to a helper in their home who can prep healthy meals, take them on errands and do light housekeeping.
To get started on one or more of these options, including your free in-home assessment, call our Intake Nurse directly at 1-800-HOMECARE (in MO) or 618-466-3227 (in IL). We are pleased to help you!