How Does Home Health Care and Hospice Improve Quality of Life?
Last updated: Aug 9, 2023
By Kaylee Yamry
Empowering individuals to live an enhanced quality of life
Did you know that according to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, home health care alone provides compassionate care to more than 5 million Americans annually? When combined with hospice care, the impact is magnified. Whether you or your loved one is recovering from an injury or accident, struggling to manage a chronic illness, needs additional help at home, or is searching for end-of-life comfort, home health care and hospice improve quality of life and empower individuals to live comfortably.
As you read, consider if these services can help you or your loved one live an enhanced quality of life. Millions of healthcare professionals, like the ones at Knute Nelson, strive to improve the quality of life for their patients and clients every day.
How home health care can improve quality of life
Receiving care from the comfort of home can provide many benefits for individuals receiving care as well as their families. Some of the key benefits of home health care include:
1. Increased safety
Upon admission, Knute Nelson Home Health Care will perform a home safety assessment to ensure safety and create an individualized care plan around the living environment. This in-home safety check will help our team determine whether the individual needs equipment recommendations or home modifications.
Many aging adults would prefer to age in their own homes. When health concerns come up, it can be comforting to receive the care you need in the place you choose.
3. Limited travel
Following an injury or hospitalization, it can be challenging to travel and make it to an outpatient therapy clinic for rehabilitation. With Knute Nelson Home Health Care, you can receive physical, occupational, and speech therapy from the comfort of home, so you don’t have to worry about travel.
How hospice care can improve quality of life
The end of life can be a scary and uncertain time for individuals and their loved ones. Receiving hospice care can help relieve caregiving stress and help families spend remaining moments together. Here are some of the key benefits of hospice care:
1. Caregiver relief
Caring for a loved one at the end of life can be extremely stressful. As an individual nears the end of life, it is important for them to spend their remaining moments doing the things that matter most to them. With Knute Nelson Hospice, you can rely on our professional staff to provide medical care and advice, while you get back to spending quality time with your loved one.
2. Family support
When someone is nearing the end of life, it can come with unfamiliar emotions and experiences for both the individual and their loved ones. Knute Nelson Hospice provides comfort and support for the whole family throughout the hospice journey and beyond. This includes 13 months bereavement support following the passing of a loved one on hospice care.
3. Life-enriching services
Knute Nelson Hospice offers several life-enriching services to enhance our hospice patients’ quality of life. These services might include therapeutic music, massage therapy, Healing Touch, and more. Life-enriching services can help with pain management, relieve anxiety and stress, provide comfort, and so much more.
Improve your quality of life with Knute Nelson Home Health Care and Hospice
At Knute Nelson, you can expect to find the personalized care you or your loved one needs and deserves. If you are unsure whether it is the right time to consider care. Take one of our free online assessments by clicking the buttons below. From there you can gain a better understanding of care needs. For additional questions, or to speak with a member of our team, call (320) 335-8753 or fill out an online form.