All housebound aged people need love the most—but they have different ways of receiving it.
With Australia’s recent implementation of consumer-focused home care policies this year, home care options these days mean more diverse sets of services for different types of clients. You love your aged parents and you want to make sure they’re getting the proper aged care assistance to their corresponding needs. If you want to know about home care packages, here are the most common diseases in aged people and their proper home care services:
Dementia is a cognition-related disease that causes disorientation and drastic mood changes to the patient. If your parents have dementia, they may be candidates for the government of Australia’s Dementia and Cognition Supplement in home care, but this is not enough claim for the supplement. Before the patient can avail the supplement, they must be assessed by a medical professional for eligibility.
2. Stroke survivors
Customized personal aged care at home is important for stroke survivors because their recovery process is unsure and setbacks may arise anytime. For aged patients, minimal assistance is needed because recovery time is short. For others that are severe, they might need a more comprehensive set of services that include:
- Depression prevention
- Physiotherapy exercises (Active and Passive)
- Cognitive-related activities
- Verbal exercises
3. Acquired Brain Injury Recovery
The aftermath of a loved one’s Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) can be draining. Look for home care providers with agents who are highly trained in caring for recovering ABI patients. Home care services for ABI should include Neuro-rehabilitation activities and a step-by-step relearning of day-to-day tasks.
Not all diabetic patients need home care assistance, especially those who are still able bodied. But with patients aged 65 and above, it can get complicated. Here are some services that your parents’ home care package must definitely have:
- Treating of wounds on skin and feet
- Meal counseling, planning, and schedule
- Blood Sugar Monitoring
- Occupational therapy
- Oral medication management
5. Huntington’s Disease
Huntington’s affects mobility and cognition. Every treatment plan is unique for every patient, but these are the services that your parents’ home care package should include:
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Anxiety management
- Timely oral medication
- Domestic care (Grooming and cleaning)
- Personal care
- Modifications in home for safety
6. Parkinson’s Disease
Having Parkinson’s is difficult but it’s not totally hopeless for an aged person if they have this. A home care agent who’s experienced in caring for Parkinson’s-diagnosed patients should know how to:
- Sensitively assist a person in tasks like toileting.
- Help with client in cooking, washing dishes, operating machines in home
- Support the aged client but teach him how to be independent
- Figure out the complications of Parkinson’s
7. Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
MND causes immobility in an aged client. This could be a burden financially and emotionally for small families. Palliative care is suggested for MND patients. A home care agent should also get instructions from a physiotherapist on relieving muscle cramps and medication. A possible respiratory failure could also occur because of MND, so home care agents should also have knowledge of the symptoms.