Home HealthCare Agencies
These are a list of agencies in the greater Richland County area and surrounding counties.
- Carle Richland Memorial Hospital – (618) 395-2131 – website
- Addus HomeCare – Mt. Carmel – (618) 263-4311 – website
- Clay County Health Department – (618) 662-4406 – website
- Community Care Services – (800) 252-8966 – website
- St. Anthony’s – Effingham – (217) 342-212 – website
What is Home HealthCare?
Home care is an option allowing older adults the choice to age in place at home with a specified level of care they need for safety, comfort and independence.
Simply described, home care means help with activities of daily living and household tasks. It includes meaningful companionship for older adults. In-home care is the oldest form of healthcare. Today, home care serves as a comprehensive alternative to institutional living.
Home care is commonly presented as a service to assist aging seniors, it’s a valuable resource when a person at any age has an injury, accident or surgery – or is suffering from a chronic illness.
Types of Home HealthCare:
Trained caregivers give support to individuals with basic activities and functions needs: Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living.
Activities of Daily Living – Measures the Overall Wellness:
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living:
While the Katz Index measures ADLs, Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (IADL) assesses independent living skills and most useful when identifying improvement or deterioration over time.
- Ability to Use Telephone
- Food Preparation
- Mode of transportation
- Self-direct medications
- Ability to Handle Finances
Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Scale
In-home respite provides a family caregiver a break from care in one’s home. It’s usually offered by a friend of the family, a respite worker or a hired caregiver and provided at home or in a care setting, like adult day care or an assisted living residential facility.
It’s a good way for the family member to get away and relax.
Senior in-Home Companionship Care
Companionship services allows healthy interaction and activity that’s important for seniors, especially those living with cognitive and physical health issues. Companionship care provides care needs, fun and creative activities in the home and community, so families get a break. It’s offered on an hourly basis.
Hospice Care at Home
Hospice care services, delivered by health care professionals to enhance comfort for a terminally ill person by reducing pain and attend to the physical, social, spiritual, and psychological needs. Hospice care gives counseling, respite care and practical support.
Hospice care is available at hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and dedicated hospice facilities.
Medical Home Health Care
Home health care is a wide range of health care services delivered at home by licensed medical professionals. It’s less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
Home health services include:
- Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
- Patient and caregiver education
- Intravenous or nutrition therapy
- Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
Home HealthCare Agencies. N.p., n.d. Web.