Alternative Care Options
Formal care settings are not a fit for every patient or family. For some caregivers, formal care settings are not an option, but they still often need help. There are many alternative care options that can assist in-home caregivers the support they need.
Informal care is a handy tool for a caregiver. These situations include having a family member, friend, or volunteer help with caregiving responsibilities. Generally, the informal caregiver helps with responsibilities, while the primary caregiver is tending to their own needs including personal errands, appointments, or just time to themselves. Caregivers should utilize help that is offered by others and occasionally take some weight off their shoulders. However, it is important that the stand-in caregiver is knowledgeable regarding the needs of the patient, and capable of handling the requirements.
Emergencies happen out of nowhere, and can turn well laid caregiving plans into chaos. In the event of an emergency it is important to have a back-up plan established. Plan and research options ahead of time, so decisions have already been made during the emergency. Discuss needs for help with whomever will be left in charge. Make sure the temporary caregiver is aware of the patient’s careplan and other pertinent details including doctor’s information, care services, and personal information in the event the patient has their own emergency. For lengthy emergencies, utilizing a care facility may also be an option.
Respite care is a temporary care service that allows a break from regular routines for patient and caregiver. Respite allows time for a caregiver to take a break by going on vacation, a weekend getaway with their spouse, quality time with their children, or just relaxing. Patients are able to socialize with new people, divert from their normal routine, while still receiving the care and supervision needed.
Hospice care is a service provided to patients who are terminally ill. Most patients who receive hospice care have a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Hospice team members are skilled in end-of-life care. They can help patients and family members with guidance regarding medical care, medical equipment, and medical supplies. In addition, hospice caregivers can make recommendations on counseling services, plan for end-of-life needs, and support family members facing the future loss of their loves one.
Keeping patients healthy and safe is top priority for alternative care providers and home care providers. Conveniently order you medical supplies online, through our website. Orders can also easily be placed by calling 1-888-687-4334 and speaking with one of our friendly Medical Supply Specialists.