If you are in a situation where you may have to put a loved one in a hospital or nursing home, think twice before doing that and consider of home health care is an option that you might want to consider. It's essentially the best way to combine treatment and familiarity of environment when dealing with a patient.
The central concept behind home health care is that many of the services that hospitals and nursing homes provide has the potential to be performed in the patient's house with the right equipment and right professional staff. If the cure is all about having someone become independent, they may as well become independent in their own home.
Specifically, these types of services include things like would care, education for patients and caregivers, injections, nutrition and speech therapy, and more mundane tasks like shopping, housecleaning, and doing things like laundry and cooking. Staff may also help with things like getting in and out of bed, using the bathroom, and getting dressed and undressed, depending on the specific case.
Do a thorough internet search, and you'll find that there are agencies all over the place that do this type of work, but you have to make sure that your particular insurance providers covers the company that you want, because you don't want to have any financial issues after you've already made a commitment - that doesn't turn out well for anyone in the end.
After you've figured out that home health care is the direction that you should go, what exactly can you expect? Primarily, staff should be checking the basics like heart rate, blood pressure, your temperature, you basic levels of pain, your mental and emotional states, if you understand that your home is a safe place, and you know when you are supposed to take which of your medications.
Additionally, there is something called a plan of care that you should always be aware of. This is a black and white listing of everything required for the home health care process, from which professional do what, to what kind of equipment they need when, and what types of results you should expect over the course of the treatments.
You should always pay attention to the holistics of the situation as well. Is the staff always courteous and positive, and are they always trying to support you and make their treatments better and more efficient? Never settle for less than the best for you and your loved ones.
Now that you understand a little bit more of how the home health care process works, you can make the best informed decision that you can if it is right for you, or if something else is a better idea.