Your parents or Grandparents worked hard all their life. They have a beautiful, well appointed home that they designed and decorated with their favorite things. They are comfortable in their home, and they don’t want to leave, but they aren’t able to stay there without some help. What can you do?
The first thing you are going to need to do is to have a conversation, and that’s not always a pleasant thing. When you are dealing with intelligent people who have taken care of themselves, and others all of their lives so far, and now you are discussing the fact they need some assistance, it can be a blow. Hopefully you have spoken to each other before it gets to this and have something worked out, but if not, it’s best to remember these are your Seniors, and you need to be respectful.
The next thing you can do, once you are all in agreement that help is needed is call Coastal Concierge in. Our Skilled Nurses can pay a visit to their home, and while they are there to do a check up, they can look to see if there is food in the house, if their medications are up to date, whether they are able to care for a home. If they do need assistance, we can help you to implement a plan for their care.
While there are some people who enjoy the perks of Assisted Living, it’s not for everyone. And it is our goal to help provide the highest level of Nursing and Assisted care for those who choose to age in place. We believe aging in place is the right choice for some people, and we have plenty of information that is available to you which backs up our position.
In fact USNews had this to say about the benefits of Aging in Place:
“What’s not to like? Older adults with disabling conditions get easier access to medical care. Doctors get out of their stuffy offices to make new-age house calls. Nurses hit the road and see what patients really need. Medicare gets the promise of reduced hospital readmissions. Family members get more peace of mind. And most important, seniors get a chance to stay in their homes as long as possible. Home health care in the U.S. comes in many forms. Here are just a few:
Home Field Advantage
With today’s portable medical technology, physicians who make home visits can do as much or more for patients than primary care clinicians in offices, says Dr. Alan Kronhaus, co-founder and CEO of Doctors Making Housecalls, based in Durham, North Carolina.
His practice uses medical labs that can deploy a phlebotomist to a patient’s home to draw blood and send the results electronically to the patient’s chart. Imaging technicians can do ultrasounds or X-rays in the comfort of the patient’s home.
These aren’t everyday patients who get home visits. “For the most part, we’re seeing frail, elderly, complex patients with multiple, chronic, active problems and often some degree of cognitive impairment,” Kronhaus says.
Many clinical advantages come from seeing patients in their own environment, Kronhaus says, like the ability to manage medications more effectively when the doctor can see exactly what’s inside the medicine cabinet. It’s also a chance to spot nutritional supplements that patients wouldn’t have thought to mention during an office visit.
And it’s an opportunity to address diet concerns, Kronhaus adds. “You can look into the refrigerator and see how it’s stocked – if you’ve got a diabetic patient who has banana cream pie.” Doctors evaluate the environment as well, he says. “We look for things like steep steps without carpeting, area rugs without nonskid padding underneath, electrical cords that could represent a tripping hazard, poor lighting.”
Our skilled Nurses will take care of most health conditions, and we can call on referral partners to ensure that basic every day needs are taken care of.