What to expect with in-home medical care visits

05.22.2020

We're all getting used to physical distancing these days, but it's even more challenging when you need health care in your home. Wound care, blood tests, even rehabilitation services call for a personal touch. And that means close contact, not the recommended six feet apart.
 
Home care providers – nurses, therapists, hospice caregivers and others – are taking extra steps to prevent exposure to germs and keep in-home care as safe as possible.
 
Here are ways caregivers are adjusting health care delivered in the home.
 
Extra protection and precaution – Everyone wants to prevent exposure to germs as much as possible. That means more health screenings for you and for those entering your home to provide care. Expect to get your temperature taken and vitals checked and monitored often.
 
Masks, gloves and other protective equipment are more important than ever with heightened concerns about infection. Remind loved ones and caregivers who do not live in the home with you to wear a protective mask when they visit you.
 
In-person care when necessary – Be mindful of the number of visits each week by in-home healthcare aids. Ask your caregivers to combine therapies or health checks to limit the number of visits each week. In place of a wellness visit, a respiratory therapist or wound care nurse may be able to monitor your vital signs.
 
Limit exposure – Check in regularly with your in-home care coordinator. Talk about any symptoms of illness you have, such as a cough or fever. Screening by phone is one of the best ways to lower risk of exposure for you and others. Discuss options to reschedule a routine in-home visit, if needed.
 
Telemedicine options – Most doctors offer telehealth visits for patients. Talk with your doctor's office about scheduling a routine appointment by phone or on your tablet or other electronic device. Virtual visits cut down on person-to-person contact to keep you as safe as possible. Providers can screen, evaluate symptoms and provide next steps, such as in-person care, medication or other services.
 
For more information about our home care services, call (574) 364-2700 or visit our web page.