In an acute setting, hospital personnel have historically been trained to focus on medical priorities –the diagnosis, treatment, and the nuts and bolts of health care. Dr. Warren Herbert, CEO of the Homecare Association of Louisiana, explains how home care, on the other hand, seeks to assess the health and social situation of an older adult by allowing caregivers and nurses to meet people where they live, crossing into the sacred threshold of their home, and building a mutual trust.
According to Dr. Hebert, caring for someone in a home setting can be more effective because it allows caregivers and nurses to assess the social supports and services of each neighborhood, identifying any gaps in care. The home care professional also learns about and interacts with the older adult’s family and friends, a rich resource of information to better understand an individual’s personality and preferences.
Listen to the full Help Choose Home podcast with Dr. Warren Herbert here, or by searching for “Help Choose Home” on iTunes, Google, or on any device at https://player.fm/series/help-choose-home.
The Help Choose Home podcast series provides information and resources to help those with a care need learn more about healthcare at home. Podcasts are hosted by Merrily Orsini, president and CEO of corecubed, a marketing firm dedicated exclusively to helping aging care providers grow their business.
Help Choose Home is a collaborative effort by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), Axxess, and corecubed to educate the public about the many benefits of the in-home care industry, which includes non-medical home care, private duty nursing care, medical home health, hospice, and other in-home health and wellness services.