Home Health Care
 

Clients & Families

The time may have come for you or a loved one to seek some additional care. Whether you need a little help around the house or a new diagnosis  requires clinical attention or therapy services, you've come to the right place. We've compiled this resource center specifically to help clients and their families find the information they need to make informed choices.

While it’s important to take into account the needs of every client on an individual basis, home healthcare is on the rise* and it’s quickly becoming the preferred choice of healthcare delivery for all parties.

*According to the University of Chicago Medicine, approximately 7.6 million people in the U.S. require some form of home healthcare. 
From patients to families, from to healthcare providers to the insurance companies paying the bills, everyone seems to agree that in most cases Home Healthcare is the best course of action. Recent industry research, together with our 30+ years of experience in the healthcare industry, overwhelmingly prove the physical, psychological, emotional and financial benefits of allowing people to remain at home to live and heal whenever possible.
 

First and most importantly: psychologically and emotionally, people are more likely to thrive when they can remain at home.

 
When illness strikes or a downturn in overall health occurs, familiar surroundings are powerful restorative elements that contribute to a person's recovery and aid in regaining confidence and independence. Whether it’s the beloved chair, a favorite pillow, the snuggle of a pet, the familiar faces of friends and neighbors or knowing exactly how many steps it takes to get to the bathroom from the bedroom, the sights, sounds and smells of our home make us feel safe and secure. 
 
Moving is often said to be one of the top three most stressful times in a person’s life – right behind death and divorce. You can imagine the trauma that a move from home into a healthcare facility would inflict on someone. It’s hard enough to learn how to adapt after a stroke, for example. Why put a person through relearning everything about his or her environment on top of that?
 

Medically speaking, home healthcare is superior to the care patients receive in nursing home or hospice environments.

 
First and foremost, unlike in busy healthcare facilities, home healthcare clients receive undivided, ne-on-one attention. Without the distractions of other staff members and patients, our professionals can provide personal, focused care - which by its very nature facilitates more attention to detail.
 
Helping Hands Healthcare has implemented state-of-the-art technological advancements to keep interdisciplinary teams connected to the Clinical Point of Care system, where all caregivers can access and update patient records. This enhanced communication among doctors, nurses, social workers and therapists means that patients receive immediate, needs-based medical attention as well as superior preventative care.  
 
Because all Helping Hands Healthcare team members are tracked by our telephony system, they are required to spend their allotted time focused only on the client. They must call when they arrive and again when they leave, so there is no chance that an appointment gets cut short or a rushing staff member would miss the signs or symptoms of an emerging condition before it gets out of hand. 
 
Equally important, dangerous bacteria like MERSA and other infections that run rampant in a facility environment are a non-issue in the home healthcare delivery system. Cross-contamination occurs most often in communal environments when caregivers come into contact with faucets and doorknobs that contain the bacteria and transfer it from patient to patient, or when airborne bacteria and viruses get piped throughout a facility’s air vents. Again, in a properly sanitized home environment, the chances of contamination are slim to none.

A study by the U.S. General Accounting Office has established that people receiving home care tend to live longer and have a better quality of life. Home care helps not only to add years to life, but also adds life to years.

 
Because our clients can control what happens in their own home, they feel a sense of control over their own health and personal care and therefore they are more at peace. As our clients learn to adapt their lifestyle to their condition within the confines of their own home, they can build confidence and regain independence. Some clients feel more comfortable when they can heal and learn to adapt in private, rather than in front of an audience of other residents in a facility situation. Clients already understand the physical layout of their home so they can navigate the hazards of their home as second nature. For example, they already know about that step down into the living room that may make them trip – or where hazards like the gas stove knobs may be lurking. If they have to relearn the hazards of a new environment, the chances of a fall increase. With a home assessment for safety, Helping Hands Healthcare team members can increase the safety of our clients’ homes so they can stay right where they can already find their way to the bathroom in the dark – without any help. 
 

National statistics show home healthcare to be the most affordable, cost-effective choice.

The numbers don’t lie. Take a moment to consider these figures compiled by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, which reflect the cost of inpatient care, per patient, per month:

Condition

Hospital Costs

Home Care Costs

Dollar Savings

Ventilator-dependent adults

$21,570

$7050

$14,520

Congestive heart failure in the elderly

$1,758

$1,605

$153

Intravenous antibiotic therapy for cellulitis, osteomyelitis and others

$12,510

$4,650

$7,860

On average, the cost of in-home care in Ohio when compared to a nursing facility is significantly lower; in-home care costs approximately $42,000 annually. A private room in a nursing home runs at $80,000 annually, while a semi-private room costs about $70,000. Which number do you think looks better to Medicare, Medicaid and your health insurance provider?
 
Home healthcare is a solution for clients who are:
  • recuperating from an illness or accident
  • disabled or have difficulty with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • 65 or older
  • at risk of - or recovering from - a fall
  • diagnosed with a new illnes
  • having difficulty understanding or remembering which medications to take and what they treat
  • dealing with changes or escalation of an ongoing  medical condition
  • in need of therapy services
  • facing hospitalization or transfer to a nursing home
  • in need of consistent monitoring for overall health and well-being
  • diagnosed with a terminal illness and need pain management and emotional support
  • paralyzed, bed-bound or wheelchair-bound
  • in need of assistance leaving home

At Helping Hands Home Healthcare, we pride ourselves in remaining at the forefront of the industry when it comes to our highly-trained staff, our innovative technological solutions, our excellence in clinical care, our involvement at the legislative level and in our personal, caring engagement with every client. Call us today to set up an appointment and learn how Helping Hands Healthcare can make a difference in your healthcare plan.