In-Home Clinicians Can Support Seniors Outside the Home, Too
Most people assume that the duties of a professional clinician hired through a home care company are limited to assisting clients inside their homes with tasks like bathing and grooming, reminding them to take their medications, preparing meals, or doing light housekeeping.
These are all useful services, but hired professionals are playing an increasing role in clients’ lives outside the home as well. Appointment companions, also known as ambulatory escorts, incorporate activities like escorting clients to doctors’ appointments, taking them shopping, or simply strolling around the neighborhood into clients’ care plans.
While attending a medical appointment may not seem like a refreshing outing, an appointment companion can help turn it into one. Some clients also opt to turn an outing for an appointment into a fun opportunity to indulge in a meal at their favorite restaurant or grab a treat on the way home. Professional clinicians provide the support necessary for making this happen.
In addition to walking or driving clients to appointments, companions can also go into appointments to take notes. This service can help seniors and their caregivers better understand health changes and more closely follow the doctor’s orders. Some home care companies offer to send a client’s authorized family members these notes as updates regarding their condition and changes to their care plan.
Our clients enjoy the sense of community that comes from attending church, but sometimes is can become harder for them to find the energy to get up, get dressed and get there. That’s where we come in, to ensure that your loved one can continue to live their lives fully.
Safe Transitions from Hospital to Home
Some surgical patients who do not have a family member on hand to escort them home can be assisted through our home-care or home-health clinicians. We meet the patient in the discharge area of the hospital following a procedure or a trip to the ER, bring them home by taxi or ambulette, and get them settled comfortably in their residence. The companion will then go out to purchase any necessary medications and groceries and make sure the client’s pantry is well stocked before they leave.
Social Events and Recreational Outings
With an HHA, there is no reason for a senior to be home-bound. Companions can accompany clients to all kinds of events that are important to them, such as weddings, parties, graduations and more.
Active elders who love to feel connected to rich and varied cultural scenes particularly benefit from Home Care Companions. We frequently accompany our clients to the movies or other cultural events like plays or museums. Wheelchairs can make some people feel inhibited about trying to get out,but our clients can really make an entire day of getting out of the house for a special event. It’s a wonderful quality of life boost for home-bound seniors, and the smiles and conversation that continue on long after the event are absolutely worth it.”
Reap the Benefits of Home Care
Professional clinicians allow seniors to not only have a sense of comfort and care, but also provide a trusting and supportive relationship that enables elders to engage in the activities and social events they love. Getting out of their homes is a refreshing change for clients, and an excellent way for them to stay active.
Superior Senior Home Care offers a complimentary consultation with an advisor to help you determine your loved one’s home care needs. To schedule your free consultation, call 805.430.8767 or contact us online.
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