Home care in India
Homecare is health care or supportive care provided by a professional caregiver in the individual home where the patient is living instead of care provided in group accommodations like clinics or nursing homes.
Home care in India is rising:
India is a country where we have a large number of old age people and the ageing population is rising day-by-day. And according to economics times, it is estimated that the share of older people, those aged 60 years or above may increase by 20% till 2050. So keeping this in mind the importance of home care in India is rising.
Nowadays our eating habits are not good and also we are not getting the pure food, and because of this the people are falling sick and needed to be hospitalized.
As the paying capacity of people has increased, the expectancy of life is also increased with it. Now people are becoming educated they take the patient to the hospital and when the treatment is over the patient is shifted back to the home, their he needs Homecare.
Why Home Care?
Here are a few reasons Why Home Care is needed?
- Friendly atmosphere – When the patient gets out of the critical conditions and needs a bed-rest so, shifting the patient back to the home will be more helpful for the patient to recover fast because there is no other better place than the home. (if only the situation can be controlled from the home)
- No restrictions – When our patient is at the hospital there are many restrictions for us like only one or two people can meet, outside food is not allowed, time limits for meeting the patient, and many more. But when we are taking care of our patient from home, we can easily avoid all these restrictions.
- Free of cost – We need to pay for the space in the hospital this cost can be saved and used for other need of the patient or any other health equipment which is needed.
- Personal attention – We can personally take care of our patient as we know everything about him/her. The patient generally feels at home when with his/ her loved ones and can share thoughts and emotions which helps in faster recovery.
Some devices to prevent diseases for a bedridden patient:
- DVT Pump & sleeves – This device is used to prevent blood clots in immobile/bedridden patients.
- Air Mattress – This helps to avoid bedsore for the bedridden patient.
- Seat Assists and Lift Chairs – When standing is too hard on your own, these uplifting cushions and chairs will help you onto your feet and save energy for both you and your caregiver.
- Bed pads and Underpads – Machine washable and dry-able, reusable bed pads offer layers of protection against wetness from incontinence, spills or bed baths.
Types of home care:
- Doctor care – The doctor can visit the patient periodically, give assistance required, checkups, and guide the patient to get well soon.
- Nursing care – If the patient has no one to look after or everyone is busy in their work, nursing care is a perfect option. As the nurse remains close to the patient and can be available for the help needed by the patient.
- Medical social services – Medical social workers provide various services to the patient, including counselling and locating community resources to help the patient in his or her recovery.
- Care from home health aides – Home health aides can help the patient with his or her basic personal needs such as getting out of bed, walking, bathing, and dressing. Some aides have received specialized training to assist with more specialized care under the supervision of a nurse.