Today we celebrate Independence Day when our Founding Fathers decided they – along with their friends and neighbors – no longer wanted to live under British rule. It’s also a perfect occasion to celebrate the role that Accredited Nursing has had in helping more than 2,000 Southern California clients and patients continue to live independently, rather than having to relocate to a retirement community or a nursing home setting.
This accomplishment has taken place over the last 35 years and speaks highly of the abilities and skills of more than 2,500 caregivers and licensed clinicians who have been part of the Accredited Nursing team, along with support from clients themselves, and their family members. All of these groups have a role in helping people stay in locations they’re familiar and comfortable with. Definitely a lot worth celebrating!
Why they want to stay
Though retirement communities/nursing facilities certainly can offer some benefits, especially to those who may need more specialized medical care and constant monitoring, the bulk of seniors, if given a choice, would prefer to stay in their homes.
It’s not just us saying that either: a 2014 AARP “Aging in Place” study indicated that 87 percent of adults age 65 and older want to stay in their current house and community as they age. The next age range, ages 50-64, showed that only 71 percent of those surveyed preferred to stay in the same home or area. So a preference for independence does seem to increase over time.
But of course, as people age in place, they also need more safety features or building modifications to make it possible. These can include everything from grab bars in the bathrooms to a personal alert system. Seniors who use a cane or walker may prefer wider doorways or ramps instead of steps.
One way in which they can enjoy their independence of living at home is with home health nursing services, such as those provided by Accredited Nursing.
Depending on the patient’s medical history or needs, the nursing service can provide a variety of skilled positions, all with the same goal of providing comfort and compassion, plus assistance with any home health related medical needs.
Accredited Nursing services
Some of the services that can help provide independence to seniors include:
- In-home caregivers. With some clients, family members may provide a large portion of the regular caregiving duties. But it’s also a good idea for them to have a break once in awhile. That’s where the service of an in-home caregiver comes in. Family members can arrange to have a home health caregiver come over on an hourly or daily basis. In addition to providing a nice amount of respite care, plus personal care to the client if needed, they can assist in other supportive ways, including light housekeeping, laundry, transportation, errands or even meal preparation. This can give caregivers a nice opportunity for a break and be refreshed, and not have to worry about leaving their loved one alone or with someone unqualified or untrained like a neighbor. Other clinicians who provide other services can also be available if needed or requested.
- Licensed home health service providers.Employees with more advanced credentials or other medical specialties can include skilled nurses with higher levels of training such as wound care, injections, and ostomy care; or high-tech nurses able to administer IV drug therapy or assist with advanced wound care. A variety of therapists can also assist, including occupational therapists, who can work with the client to improve independence and self-care abilities; physical therapists, who can offer pain management, exercise, and help sore muscles; and speech therapists, who can offer assistance in helping someone unable to communicate, such as after a stroke. Medical social workers can provide home assessments to help provide better information about a patient’s social, emotional and financial status. Certified Home Health Aides can help with grooming, personal hygiene, toiletry needs plus general companionship.
- Private Duty Nursing.This service offers individualized and skilled nursing care to the client. A Registered Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse can provide care for a certain period of time or as a result of a specific medical event, such as assisting moving him or her from an acute setting back to their home. They also can be beneficial to people who require constant in-home monitoring, frequent adjustments to their care plan or treatment, or unstable mental conditions. The private nurse can provide a wide variety of care, including catheterization, diabetic testing, tracheotomy care, post-operative surgical care, and intravenous therapy. Their services can also be useful for spinal injuries or catastrophic injury care.
Selecting living situations can be complicated, especially when a person’s present and future health needs are involved and they also are interested in as much independence as possible. For many, home health care remains a sensible solution, and Accredited has been proud to be a part of many family’s decisions and discussions. Since 1980, we have been providing medical and non-medical assistance to Southern California residents and we’re always happy to offer guidance as families conduct their research into home health services. Because of the high population, there’s a lot of competition and confusion in finding a quality care provider, and it’s hard to know where to start. Accredited Nursing is eager to educate about what options could work well for someone’s particular situation that also provides as much independence as possible.