By Maria Burke, RN, Owner, Celtic Angels Home Health Care
Many families have put off bringing in home health care out of concern that their loved one might be exposed to COVID-19. Others have already had COVID-19 and now face long-term complications that require assistance. If you find yourself in either of these situations, it’s time to consider taking advantage of home health care. Here are four benefits of bringing in home health post-COVID.
1. Home Health Care Is Safe
We understand the worries about exposing a high-risk loved one to COVID-19, and that was especially true at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, when we were just beginning to understand the disease and didn’t have many tools to prevent its transmission. Thankfully, a lot of progress has been made since that time.
With widespread access to vaccines, personal protective equipment, and new treatments, you can feel more comfortable bringing in home health care workers such as CNAs and HHAs. Here at Celtic Angels Home Health Care, we continue to take precautions to help our patients avoid contracting COVID-19. That means you can get the help you need without worrying about placing your loved one at risk. Call 781-331-0062 for information on our current COVID-19 protocols.
2. Home Health Care Can Help You Recover
If you or a loved one has already had COVID-19, there’s a good chance you continue to have lingering effects. In fact, 20% of adults under 65 who have had COVID experience a medical condition linked to COVID-19, and that number rises to 25% for adults over 65.
For many people, recovery doesn’t end after your isolation period is up. And particularly if you had a severe case of COVID or have other medical conditions, you can continue to be affected for months or years to come. Symptoms like fatigue, breathing problems, dizziness, pain, and heart problems can make daily activities difficult or impossible to do on your own. In-Home health care can assist you with everything from meals and transportation to skilled nursing care. Learn more about the services we offer at Celticangelsinc.com.
3. Home Health Care Allows Caregivers to Return to Work
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people shifted to remote work. That meant family members who were acting as caregivers were home all day with their loved ones and could respond to their needs while working. Unfortunately, for many people, that time has come to an end.
As more and more companies require workers to return to the office, family member caregivers are faced with the decision to take a financial loss in order to stay home with their loved one, place their loved one in a nursing home, or find someone else to take care of their loved one while they work. That’s where home health care workers come in. Bringing in a Certified Nursing Assistant and/or a Home Health Aide allows you to return to work knowing your loved one is receiving quality care in your absence. And best of all, your loved one can continue to enjoy the comforts of their own home or residence.
4. Home Health Care Workers Combat Loneliness
Seniors have been especially vulnerable to isolation and loneliness since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it was necessary to keep our senior loved ones safe, cutting back on social contacts means many seniors have struggled with loneliness, and extra burdens have been placed on caregivers.
Although it is still prudent to take precautions against contracting COVID-19, we need to respond to the need for socialization, too. Bringing in home health workers can help. For example, CNAs and HHAs can provide companionship, play games, take seniors on outings, or provide transportation to visit friends, all while giving family members a much-needed break.
Would you like to learn more about how in-home health care can help you or your senior loved one? Visit Celticangelsinc.com.