Activities of Daily Living We Can Help You Manage
Home health aides from Med1Care’s in-home healthcare agency work with a plurality of individuals, including people recovering from a surgery or illness as well as people who’ve been diagnosed with a chronic health condition. Our services range from providing specialized nursing care to helping with simple everyday activities. While registered nurses help with the medical needs of recovering patients—assessing blood pressure, medication education, diabetes education, IV therapy, etc.—home health aides offer non-medical assistance to help people go on with their daily lives. Some of the things our registered aides can help you manage include:
1. Walking, Feeding, Etc.
Activities that involve functional mobility, such as showering, using the toilet, dressing, self-feeding, etc., are often referred to as basic ADLs—these are fundamental tasks that a person must undertake every day to survive. In-home services can help with common basic activities of daily living, such as bathing, using the bathroom, choosing and wearing the right clothes, feeding without assistance, and transferring in and out of a chair, bed, or ambulance. People may completely lose the ability to perform some or all of these tasks. Or, accomplishing these tasks may become very difficult. Age, or certain health issues like stroke, accidents, etc., can make accomplishing basic tasks of life extremely hard.
2. House Keeping, Cooking, Etc.
Activities such as housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping, communicating via email, operating the telephone, managing medications, etc. are referred to as instrumental ALDs. These activities help a person live safely and independently. Companionship is also included within the purview of instrumental ALDs because it helps to keep the person in a positive frame of mind. And so is managing finance! Rather than relying on friends and family to help you manage these tasks, it makes sense to hire a qualified aide who can perform them. As part of our in-home services, we can retrieve groceries, cut and prep meals, take out the trash, tidy up the house, keep medications up-to-date, ensure that medications are taken on time, and even pay bills and manage bank accounts on a patient’s behalf.
The level of in-home healthcare needed depends on a careful assessment conducted by primary care physicians, registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, insurance providers, and representatives from different government agencies. Each of these entities has developed a comprehensive checklist—these are what’s used to form a patient’s plan for care. These checklists take into account a patient’s past and current health, as well as their strengths and vulnerabilities, core beliefs, cultural beliefs, financial health, etc. This assessment also determines the level of financial assistance a person may get from insurance providers.