Need a little assistance caring for an elderly loved one at home? A home health aide can provide much needed care when it comes to caring for an aging parent or spouse. Home health aides provide in-home care with many activities of daily living (ADL) which include personal care, bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, and mobility.
A home health aide can also help with grocery shopping and meal preparation. They can take into account any special dietary requirements and make sure that your loved one is getting healthy meals regularly.
If your loved one can no longer navigate outside the home by themselves, a home health aide can escort them to important doctor visits or other appointments. The home health aide will ensure that their elderly client gets back and forth safely.
David York Agency provides high quality skilled home health aide services for the elderly and infirm with the highest degree of personal service. We can provide full-time or part-time professionals depending on your needs. We have Certified Home Health Aides (HHA), Certified Personal Care Aides (PCA), Registered Nurses (RN), and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN). All of our aides are certified and specially trained. All of our aides are thoroughly screened, fingerprinted and checked for criminal background. We regularly check credentials and maintain valid references for our aides. You can be sure that the highest caliber health aides are caring for your loved ones.
When home healthcare becomes necessary, David York Agency would be happy to answer all your questions. Visit our website at David York Agency. Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.
According to a recent article in Home Healthcare Nurse entitled “Diabetes, Depression, and OASIS-C: A Guide for Home Healthcare Clinicians”, among the population 65 years and older, one in six suffers from depression and this is especially true among elderly adults who receive home care. Identifying depression in the home bound elderly and effectively treating it may be key to decreasing their hospitalization rates and associated health and financial costs. This is so important since the effects of depression can send the elderly adult down a path of negative complications. Agencies should use a special Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2) to screen for depression in home care patients. Emphasis should be on the elderly depression in the patient with diabetes.
Depression Higher in Adult Diabetics
An additional finding that has some serious implications for our aging population is that research indicates depression is higher among adults with diabetes than the general population. In fact, diabetics are twice as likely to suffer from depression. Under the best of circumstances, our senior citizens have increased chronic and acute diseases; with the interplay of diabetes and depression the rate of mortality, cardiac problems, diabetes related problems, functional impairment as well as hospitalizations increase. A significant reduction in the overall quality of life ensues. This is largely due to the resulting combination of events of poor self care, functional impairment and significant nutritional issues.
Depression is Treatable
Depression is a very treatable condition. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene research has shown that 70% to 80% of patients respond well to treatment and good medical care.
As an essential start, before this issue can be adequately addressed, professionals must be consulted. The patient must be seen by trained nurses and clinicians and a medical doctor should screen for any endocrine disorders. After other medical issues have been ruled out, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has mandated using a new diagnostic assessment tool. This is a PHQ-9 questionnaire which is a validated instrument used to screen for depression in home care patients with Type 2 diabetes. The questionnaire is an upgrade from the one formerly used. It measures the physical symptoms of depression as well as the level of interest in activity and mood. With a score of 3 or higher, the patient is referred to a clinician by the home healthcare team.
Training a home healthcare provider to recognize symptoms of depression will greatly increase the prospect of its treatment. Especially true in Type 2 diabetics and home bound elderly patients where its prevalence is so much higher. Cooperation and communication between all the healthcare disciplines is essential in order to achieve successful diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.
David York Home Healthcare Agency is attuned to signs and symptoms of depression in the elderly. We are eager to be an active player in the treatment plan of the total elderly caregiver team. Please call us at (718) 376-7755 or visit our website at http://davidyorkhomehealthcare.com/. You could also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Home Health Aides
Home healthcare is a service for individuals who need professional skilled home healthcare services recommended by a professional or physician. It’s appropriate for you if you have had an illness, surgical procedure, injury, or any life event that makes carrying out the daily activities of living difficult. In these cases, a certified home health aide is usually in order. Home health aides can provide continued care on a 24 hour/7 days a week basis with access to on-call nurses. Moreover, home healthcare is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as the care you get in a nursing facility.
Activities of Daily Living
Home Health Care Aides can assist with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) including:
||Companionship & Conversation
|Reminding about Medications
||Household Tasks/Various Personal Errands
||Light Housekeeping & Laundry
|Escorting to Doctor Visits or Other Appointments
||Meal Preparation (taking into account any special dietary requirements)
||Accompanying on walks, outings, & other pleasant events
Home Healthcare Agency
David York Agency provides skilled home health aide services for home healthcare. We would be happy to discuss your case with you. Visit our website at http://davidyorkhomehealthcare.com/.he goal of home health care is to help you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible. And, a Certified Home Health Aide can help you achieve those goals in the comfort of your own home.