7 Ways that Home Health Care Can Improve Patient Outcomes
Feb. 7, 2023
By Danielle Andersen
Receive care from the comfort of your home
Today, healthcare advancements have enabled patients from all walks of life to receive care from the comfort of their homes.
Whether that means skilled nursing care for a chronic illness or physical therapy after an injury, these wide-ranging services are specialized to the unique needs of each patient.
Through our highly trained staff of nurses, therapists, and home health aides, our dedicated Knute Nelson family has seen the difference firsthand that home health care can make for patients and loved ones. Along the way, we have empowered individuals to maintain their independence and quality of life while elevating their outcomes. Here’s how.
1. Streamlined Hospitalization Recoveries
After a hospital stay, many patients need additional support to recover and regain their strength. Home health care offers just that through services like physical therapy and technologies like remote health monitoring which allows medical staff to monitor vital signs remotely along with many other advangeous features. These at-home solutions are key to facilitating a smooth recovery as you work your way toward independence. By simultaneously offering support for tasks like dressing or wound care, our skilled nurses at Knute Nelson help further mitigate recovery challenges.
2. More Relevant Caregiver Education
For patients with chronic conditions, injuries, or illnesses, the right care instructions can help manage symptoms and prevent complications. This includes answering key questions like when to take certain medications, how to use at-home technologies like our Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) at Knute Nelson, or what the most effective ways are to maintain the best possible health and wellness. With personalized guidance geared toward each unique home and situation, home health care education can help patients live their best lives each day while providing peace of mind for family members.
3. Fewer Post-Rehabilitation Setbacks
For patients who have suffered an injury or illness that impacts mobility or day-to-day activities, home health care aids in the rehabilitation journey. Through physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, patients can regain their independence, receive focused support, and improve their quality of life. By receiving these therapies in the comfort of home, patients can address the most common home-specific concerns, thereby avoiding setbacks and supporting steady progress.
4. Sustained Personal Health
Many patients need assistance with daily living activities to maintain their health, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming. Home health care can provide personal support that enables patients to safely manage these tasks. For example, our team of personal care providers at Knute Nelson is trained to deliver care and assistance for in-home tasks like meal preparation as well as mobility-dependent tasks such as errands and shopping. In turn, patients can continue practicing good hygiene, nutrition, and beyond.
5. Heightened Patient Safety
With the use of smart technology and devices, patients can enjoy the safeties employed at hospitals from their homes. For example, Knute Nelson uses Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) to quickly alert local responders in the event of a fall or medical emergency. Likewise, medication dispensers keep patients on track with their prescriptions to avoid the complications of taking the same medications twice or forgetting to take the medications at all. Additionally, remote health monitoring technologies ensure that vital signs are within physician-ordered parameters. These advanced tools are key to preventing life-threatening situations from going undetected.
6. Improved Quality of Life
By bringing the full spectrum of providers to a familiar setting, home health care can help reduce the stress and anxiety associated with traveling to various hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities. Likewise, patients can receive quality medical attention regardless of their mobility status. Our seasoned and compassionate Knute Nelson staff takes quality of life even further through coordinated care services that consider the whole health picture.
7. Consistent Socialization and Companionship
Oftentimes, patients can begin to feel isolated during extended periods of hospital care. By staying at home, family members, friends, and neighbors are more likely to stop by. At the same time, home health care includes companionship services to improve the mental and emotional wellness of patients. At Knute Nelson, we offer a range of socialization and support services to help our patients maintain a feeling of connectedness.
With patient outcomes at heart, home health care empowers individuals to maintain their health and wellness without depending on hospital care. At Knute Nelson, we are committed to providing high-quality care and support to meet the needs of our patients. Take this short assessment to learn if home health care might be right for you or connect with our team at (320) 335-8753.