Home Health Care: Why it is Not Just for the Elderly

When people think of home health care, they imagine an older adult who needs help at home. But, home health care is not just for the elderly. It’s also a great option for young people who need assistance at home following an injury or illness, as well as young adults with disabilities. Bottom line: home health care services have no age restrictions. 

Home Care is Tailored to the Individual 

The benefit to in-home care is that it’s matched to the person’s needs at the current time. This flexibility allows the care to change with the individual as they grow more or less independent.

Here are a few examples of the companionship and homemaking services that home health care can provide to a younger person: Safety supervision, grocery shopping, meal preparation, light housekeeping, hobbies and crafts, transportation, bringing in mail, playing cards and games, playing cards and games 

Benefits of Home Health Care Services for Young People 

The advantages of home health services are the same whether the person is old or young. Home health aides in NJ can be there when other family members cannot. These trained, qualified professionals assess the home for safety risks and make the necessary corrections. They also provide assistance with day-to-day activities, such as bathing, dressing and meal prep. This allows for faster recovery times as well as more independent living. 

Additional benefits of home health care for young adults are: 

  • Access to skilled nursing care 
  • Medication management 
  • One-on-one focus and support 
  • Improved health outcomes 
  • Healthy diet and nutrition  

How to Pay for Home Health Services 

There are different ways to pay for home health services. Depending on the person’s needs, Medicaid may cover the costs of in-home therapy. However, you must choose a home health care agency that accepts this form of insurance as not all agencies do. It’s also possible that health insurance will cover home health care if it’s considered medically necessary. 

If you or a loved one could benefit from home health care, contact VNA Health Group today. We are certified by Medicaid and licensed by the state of New Jersey. We serve vulnerable populations of all ages, including at-risk children and young people with disabilities, injuries and illness. 

10.7.2019

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