Services from the Comfort of Your Home
One of the biggest hurdles experienced by elders is their restricted ability to get from place to place. This causes short trips away from home, even for regular doctor appointments, to be costly, time consuming and possibly uncomfortable and painful. As the ageing population are growing nationally, more home services are being offered so that elders can get care more easily. Here are some examples of home services being offered:
Homebound elders who are unable to prepare their own meals or have a caregiver to assist them with meals are now able to engage home meal delivery services. These service providers are able to prepare healthy and nutritious meal options, catered specifically to dietary requirements of the elderly. Meal delivery services are able help keep elders, who do not require much care assistance, out of nursing homes and remain at the comfort of their own home. This also helps caregivers who often do not have enough time to buy and prepare balanced meals while taking care of their loved one's medical needs as well as other responsibilities.
- Lab tests
As we age, hospital and doctor visits will tend to be part of our regular routine. Now, there are service providers that bring the hospital to our homes. One service being offered is home lab tests services--this is a quick and easy process where a qualified doctor/nurse/phlebotomist collects the patient’s samples, all from the comfort of their home. They then transfer the samples to the laboratory and the results of the lab test will be sent to the patient via email. Patients are able to avoid waiting in long lines at hospitals or doctor's offices as well as the stress from travelling, which can be particularly taxing if a patient requires regular lab tests or body health check ups.
- House call doctor visits
Your doctor is now a phone call away! Whether it be a general check up or a specific care need, you will be able to avoid the stress of travel and the wait for your regular doctor to be on duty. You also do not have to wait in long lines to see your doctor. Not only will you save time, but this usually means your doctor will get to spend more time with you and not rush through your health concerns in a 15 minute appointment. Knowing your doctor is only a call away is surely to keep your mind at peace.
As we age, our bodies change; we lose strength and our mobility gets more restricted. Whether it be for preventative measures or if specific physiotherapy interventions are needed, a physiotherapist can now come to you. You can avoid the difficulties of travelling to and from appointments. This is especially convenient for service users who are less physically able. In addition, by having the physiotherapist over to your home, they would be able to assess your home for fall risks and accidents. They can then come up with specific fall prevention plans to keep patients safe as well as reduce the risk of injury, which, at an older age, can be hard to bounce back from.
As home services become more prevalent and easily accessible, it will be easier for the elderly to receive the care they need and deserve; ultimately ensuring the best quality of life for our loved ones.