\Why recover in a facility, when you can do so at HOME. Home care helps to provide you with the care to meet your needs at home. If you’re like the vast majority of the patients I have encountered you can’t wait to return home after a few days in the hospital, unfortunately you may require some additional care and believe it or not another facility is not always necessary. Home care can meet many of your needs. So let me explain to you what home care is care that allows those recovering from surgeries, chronically ill, disabled, or have special needs to remain at home and receive the help with those day to day task that they may not be able to handle on their own. It’s one on one care unlike an assisted living facility or a rehab where staff is unable to meet your needs on a more personal basis. Home care provides companion care, personal care, and concierge services. Companion care and personal care services include having someone there with you while your loved ones may be out of the home, someone to accompany you to appointments, to aid in meal planning and prep, help with laundry, medication reminders, light housekeeping and someone to provide you with the emotional support you need. Concierge care provides you with the ability to still remain active and social by providing you with a companion to accompany you to doctor’s appointments, social events, the grocery store, shopping at the mall, or just someone to run a few errands. Home care can provide you with a vast array of services in the privacy of your own home not to mention the cost is far less than any facility. As a registered nurse I have seen this from both sides and I find that most patients prefer their privacy and more often than not the comfort of their own home. From my personal observation I see a lot of patients do well at home because they’re surrounded by those who love and care for them the most.
- Latrice Robinson, RN, Continuum of Care
Each year, millions of older people (those 65 and older) fall. In fact, more than 1 out of 4 older people fall each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. Many falls do not cause injuries. But 1 out of 5 falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury. 55% of all falls take place inside the home. Each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own. For the elderly who fall and are unable to get up on their own, the period of time spent immobile often affects their health outcome. Muscle cell breakdown starts to occur within 30-60 minutes of compression due to falling. Dehydration, pressure sores, hypothermia, and pneumonia are other complications that may result. Getting help after an immobilizing fall improves the chance of survival by 80% and increases the likelihood of a return to independent living .In 2013, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion. Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
The age structure of a population is important in planning for the future of a community, particularly for schools, community centers, and health care. An older population will have greater health care needs. The percent of elderly population is on a steady increase: in 2010, 13.3% of the population was age 65+ and in 2015 it was 14.9%. It is estimated that within the next 10 years elder people will outnumber the amount of children for the first time. Our goal at Continuum of Care is to help each and every individual thrive in homes they love, rather than having to relocate to a group home or nursing home. We have diligently built our team of caregivers to be prepared for all of the challenges they may face. It can be hard to invite a stranger into your home, leave the hard work to us. Each of our Caregiver submits to a drug screen and background check that includes fingerprints, and they are our employees. All issues are addressed by our agency, just give us a call and we will find a solution for you.
*All Data provided by NEFloridaCounts.org*