If someone you love is recovering from an illness or has a serious medical condition, you may feel caught in the middle: You want your loved one to have the best care, but you also want him or her to have the comforts of home. Fortunately, with home healthcare services, one wish doesn't have to exclude the other.
November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. As the name implies, home care simply refers to health services that are delivered in a patient’s home. And the services themselves can be quite diverse.
“Some patients receive rehabilitation therapy or skilled nursing care,” said Clay Campbell, president of Archbold Health Services, the health systems homecare division. “But others may receive more targeted care, such as pain management, wound care, infusion therapy, medication management or even hospice services.”
When given the option, most patients would prefer to recover at home, but a lot of times family and friends can't provide all the care the patient needs.
Campbell says home care services help patients transition from the hospital to the comfort of their home, or simply while they’re coping with or recovering from an illness. A doctor helps you decide what type of home care assistance is suitable for you and your loved one, and the nurses and staff communicate directly with your physician while they are caring for you in your home.
“If a person has an illness or injury or is chronically or terminally ill, it’s important for families to know there are services availability to help them care for their loved one, but while they remain in the comfort of their home,” said Campbell.
And in many cases, home care services such as home health skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, as well as hospice, have proven to decrease the likelihood of patients returning to the hospital, after they’ve been released by their physician.
“Avoiding a return trip to the hospital is everyone's preference, and it's what we want for our patients, too,” said Campbell. “By taking advantage of the services we offer, it really can decrease the likelihood of you having to return to the hospital.”
Archbold Health Services has a variety of services to help patients recover in their home, but according to Campbell, it’s really the staff that distinguishes Archbold Health Services from other home health and hospice agencies, as well as home medical equipment companies.
“The difference is what you’ll experience with our staff,” said Campbell. “They are highly trained professionals, but they are truly some of the most compassionate people you will ever meet.”
Archbold Health Services offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation through their home health agency, Archbold Home Health Services. Archbold’s Home Care Store has a large selection of home medical equipment and products that in most cases can be delivered to the patient’s home. In addition, the Home Care Store has a new retail pharmacy with a convenient drive-through window for customers.
Archbold’s hospice agency, Hospice of Southwest Georgia, offers a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient's loved ones as well.
“We provide a continuum of care like no other home care business in our area,” said Campbell. “It truly is a one stop shop for home care services. But our primary goal is to make a stressful time much easier on a patient and their family by providing the very best care we can tailored to each patients individual circumstance in the comfort of their own home.”