It is human nature to sometimes think ahead and plan for the future.
For example, we plan for school, relationships, births, vacations and retirement.
Strategic planning is not all that difficult. It may require that we step back from our day-to-day activities and think a bit about what we want to achieve, and how we wish to achieve it. That being said, too many of us are either embarrassed or uncomfortable planning for our future care needs.
70% of Americans will eventually need help with everyday tasks such as getting dressed or eating. In addition at some point we all face an end of life scenario. Being educated on what services are available to you as we age puts you in a position to be prepared. Fortunately there are medical agencies that can accommodate your needs in the comfort of your home.
Integrated home health and hospices services enhance the ability for people to get the ‘right care at the right time for the right reason.’ This collaborative approach provides preparation from birth to end of-life medical needs; these include but are not limited to:
- a smooth, timely and seamless transition from the hospital to home
- rehabilitation services in your home setting
- skilled nursing
- home health transitional care to hospice care
- advanced care planning
- chronic illness self-management education
- hospice, palliative and end of life care
Integrated care programs such as these provide a complete home health clinical support that is needed now with preparation and accommodation into hospice care later in the future.
Because the type of care provided to the home health and hospice patients are similar, there is not much difference in the staff’s focus. However, caring partnerships acknowledge the difficulty of preparing for transition from rehab, curative care to comfort, end of life care while ensuring the transition is as smooth as possible.
We can’t always predict when or how we will age but as it relates to care options, having long lasting relationships with members of a specialty interdisciplinary team can help empower you and your loved ones to face the future with confidence no matter the plan of care.
Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Sarah Martinez with Frontier Home Health & Hospice, and may be reached at (719) 544-5891, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org