Depending on the client, our skilled home health care staff is always available to assist with all sorts of tasks and responsibilities, including helping them with their medical needs, improve their safety at home, and sometimes just brightening their day by being there.
It’s that last benefit that’s especially important to all of us at Accredited Home Care. Essentially, we like to provide quality of life.
What this means exactly is a bit hard to define because the concept is pretty broad, and not immediately associated with home health care.
The term is “multidimensional,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. This means it can be defined differently by different groups and situations.
In a health care setting, it means a deliberate focus on ways to provide benefits to someone’s physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual health.
How these are achieved can vary by individual, but a focus on the quality of life is a decidedly more modern view than past approaches to medicine which has been traditionally more interested in figuring out how to cure someone, no matter the cost or pain.
In the days where quality of life was less of a professional concern, patients would sometimes undergo all sorts of procedures that were often painful or had strong unpleasant side effects. They would sometimes be kept in the hospital for longer than was necessary.
These days, when quality of life is considered, a patient may be sent home. They may be given medication that may help them along with reducing pain.
Their health care provider or insurance company may even recommend home health care, which can provide even more opportunities for them to heal and not have to worry about much.
For instance, people in weak health may not have the energy to clean regularly, cook meals all the time or even go out and get more food.
But home health care services are able to assist with all these areas so the client is able to focus primarily on their health, rather than becoming more stressed about their current condition.
Therapeutic services can be offered to further assist clients, including massage therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Attention to all of these areas can create conditions where a client is able to worry less about what’s wrong with them and more about trying to enjoy every minute as free of pain as possible.
In some cases, all this positive attention and emphasis on better wellness and better quality of life may lead to improvement in someone’s condition. This was the goal along!
Research into quality of life generally tends to focus on the individual and his or her responses and behaviors.
But this metric can also be applied at larger levels, including state, U.S. and even internationally.
At a national level, states compare and contrast data regularly so everyone looks at the same metric. This could include looking at vital demographic information like birth and death rates, population increase or decrease, along with comparing resources in every state.
These comparisons also may look at more obscure and abstract concepts like how often do people smile or how many gyms in a state.
By the way, using similar sets of data each year can lead to an annual announcement about the “Best state.” For 2018, North Dakota topped the list of available amenities, was joined by states like New Mexico, Arkansas, and Iowa.
At the other end of the spectrum is the states where quality of life appears to be less of a priority and there are fewer resources to improve life. This list included Texas, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey and, unfortunately, California.
Let us help you help yourself
Regardless of any particular state ranking, you’re in luck! One of the continuing missions of Accredited Home Care consists of looking for ways to help our clients achieve a satisfactory quality of life.
Sometimes it’s the actions we directly provide, such as continuing medical care.
Other times, our efforts include simply taking the time to talk and listen. Our therapists can help reduce pain, help reduce safety hazards in their homes, teach useful skills to get around and live independently.
This is the perfect time to focus on these areas: not only is it a New Year, full of new possibilities, but January is also International Quality of Life Month.
It’s a time when everyone is encouraged to not only look to help others but seek out opportunities to find their purpose in the world. It goes beyond health care and also includes building relationships, improving finances, and serving one’s community.
Whether you look inward or outward, or both, looking for ways to focus on quality of life can be rewarding in many ways.