Regulations and lack of community pushing Ohio seniors into nursing homesSubmitted by RonPauler on Sun, 06/08/2014 - 08:57
Home health care is a blessing of an industry. It can provide the supplement to care that can make the difference in whether a family can still care for a senior at home or even for the the senior to continue living independently.
I've also seen the community that springs up around the mission of caring for seniors. I've seen a home health care company informally take on the mission of coordinating a community to ensure seniors are being checked on during a widespread power outage. There's so much that goes on on and off the books that improves the lives of seniors in a way that the model of visiting doctors' offices and hospitals just can't.
I had heard the additional regulations coming with Obamacare would impose additional requirements that will cause smaller home health offices to close. But here we see even one of the large programs in Ohio will be forced to close by the state of Ohio's meddling.
Get to know your senior neighbors. The nuclear family model has separated families across thousands of miles and sometimes just a little bit of care can make the difference in keeping a senior out of a nursing home or from living a poor quality of life.
Seniors can be stubborn! Sometimes you have to ask to learn about that wound on their foot they've been ignoring because they don't have a ride to the doctor or you have to beat them out to the curb to get their trash cans so they don't fall doing it. A better way to handle an ailing neighbor's trash is to retrieve it daily so they don't ever have a heavy bag to handle.