Bill is 82 years old and has been active his entire life. Until 10 years ago, when decreasing circulation in his legs ended a tennis career that began in the 3rd grade, he loved to show visitors to his 17 acre retreat on Skunk Mountain the red clay court he built in the woods for a total cost of $512. Then he would challenge them to a “friendly” game, which he often won against decidedly younger opponents.
Late last year, Bill went in for stent replacement surgery, and had a few complications. He spent two weeks in intensive care and another two weeks in the hospital before being transferred to a rehab facility. During the weeks in ICU and at the hospital, he was animated, joking with visitors and flirting with nurses. But a change became apparent when he went into rehab. He stopped taking initiative and started letting everyone else do things for him. A close friend, a physical therapist by trade, went to his family and recommended that Bill go home and continue to work on his rehab from familiar surroundings, expressing concerns that he was becoming “institutionalized” and would take less and less initiative. Bill went home within a week and has made rapid progress, returning to the independent life he loves in about a month.
More and more, medical professionals are coming to understand the tangible and intangible benefits of allowing patients to do most of their recovery in the comfort of their own homes. Here are some of the principal reasons they support home health care:
- Home is where we typically go when we are not feeling well—There’s a psychological component to home. It’s where you feel safe, and where you know how to find anything you need.
- You can get well with your family—Home health care keeps families together. Your loved ones are always there. You don’t have to sit alone in a room waiting for a visit.
- Home health care can prevent or postpone institutionalization.
- Evidence suggests that patients heal more quickly at home.
- Home health care tends to be highly personalized. You won’t have a nurse or doctor simply “making the rounds.” The care is specifically targeted to your needs.
- Home health care affords patients and their loved ones a greater sense of freedom. Visitation is not limited to specific hours. You can eat when you want, and can choose (within dietary restrictions) what you want to eat.
Contact Star MultiCare
At Star Multicare, we provide in-home health care, and also work with people in assisted living or other residential care facilities. To find out how we can help you and your loved ones, contact us online or call our office at (877) 920-0600
Home Health Care—Protecting Your Legal Interests
When you require health care services in your home, you want to make certain your legal rights and interests are protected. Attorney Bonnie Lawston, in Huntington Station, has provided sound counsel to seniors and their families for more than 15 years. She can work with clients and providers in New York and out of state.