Common Diagnoses Home Health Care Can Help With
Manage your chronic illness from the comfort of home
Managing a chronic illness on your own can be complex and challenging. As symptoms progress, it may be increasingly difficult to remain independent at home. Fortunately, home health care is available to help manage a variety of chronic illnesses.
Continue reading to learn more about some of the most common home health care diagnoses. Don’t forget to take our free online assessment at the end to determine if home health care is right for you or a loved one.
What are common home health care diagnoses?
Some of the most common conditions home health care can help manage include:
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Pneumonia or other serious illness
- Joint replacement or surgery
- Broken limbs or other serious injury
If you do not see your or your loved one’s condition listed above, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our home health care team. We would be happy to discuss your condition, determine your needs, and answer any questions regarding whether home health care might be a good fit.
How does home health care manage chronic illnesses?
Knute Nelson Home Health Care recognizes the importance of providing individuals with the care and education they need to properly treat their symptoms and live the highest quality of life possible. Our care team accomplishes this using three different steps.
During the assessment/intervention phase, our home health care team works to understand the physician’s concerns and goals for the client. Our care team meets with the individual to learn more about their living situation and completes a full physical assessment including, but not limited to, vital signs, skin checks, physical, mental, and emotional testing, as well as home safety assessments. The clinicians will tailor the assessments and interventions to the client’s individual goals and concerns.
2. Admission and goal-setting
As a part of the home health care admission process, our clinicians work with clients to create an individualized care plan to help them reach their goals. We make sure that the individual, and their families, are active participants in care planning and goal setting.
3. Focusing on outcomes and reducing rehospitalizations
Our goal is to prevent hospitalizations for our clients. Depending on the individual’s unique situation we can accomplish this by:
- Monitoring and managing symptoms
- Educating patients and families about their chronic illness
- Providing home safety modifications
- Managing medications
- Providing physical, occupational, or speech therapy
- Providing skilled nursing care
- Communicating with the client’s primary care provider
- And more
Is it time to consider home health care?
Some of the common indicators that it may be time to consider home health care include:
- Any of the common home health care diagnoses or other chronic illnesses
- New or worsening symptoms
- Medication changes
- Recent hospitalizations
- Frequent falls
- Require treatment that must be performed by a nurse (wound care, catheter care, diabetic education, etc)
- Require rehabilitation from a physical, occupational, or speech therapist
- Decline in independence with daily activities
- Home safety and cognitive testing
- And more
As symptoms progress, it may be difficult for individuals and their families to accept additional help. Home health care is not meant to take away independence, but instead help you maintain or regain independence. Take our free online assessment to learn if home health care is the right fit for you or a loved one.
Published November 7th, 2023
Meet the Author
Alyssa Rohloff is a seasoned healthcare leader with over a decade of expertise in home health care, and currently serves as the Senior Director of Home Health and Home Care for Knute Nelson and Ethos. A graduate of North Dakota State University, Rohloff holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, complemented by a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. Throughout her career, which has been exclusively centered on the home health care sector, Rohloff has passionately championed the cause of enabling individuals to maintain their independence at home, leveraging the power of home health care services such as nursing, therapy, and caregiving. Her dedication to improving the lives of those she serves is a testament to her unwavering commitment to the well-being of her community.