For individuals and families who face illness or injury that involves lengthy recovery time the opportunity to recuperate or be cared for at home becomes a major issue.  Studies have shown that patients often times show more improvement at home than in a nursing home or recovery home environment.  While this is often best for the patient it can be demanding and taxing on loved ones who attempt to care for that individual.  Anyone who has faced this situation can understand the strain this can cause.

Homecare assistance can come in several forms including short-term, long-term and hospice. Costs and insurance guidelines play a major role in establishing what type of care can be provided.  There are various ways to cover all or a portion of costs involved with homecare.  Medicare and Medicaid are possible options as are private insurance and private pay.

Speaking earlier today on Lourdes Healthline with Roger Neel on News Radio 1290 WNBF Lourdes Healthcare Navigator Beth Hickey outlined some of the various aspects associated with professional health care and life assistance services in the home.  Some of these services include nursing care for wounds, IV therapy, physical, occupational and speech therapy, nutritional counseling  and respiratory therapy.

Hospice is also an option for a person suffering from a life-limiting illness.  Hospice focuses on comfort, dignity and pain control.  Hickey says a person's personal physician is the one who orders homecare and patients need his or her referral to set-up a homecare option.  For additional information patients or families can contact Lourdes at 607-772-1598.