As our population ages, more and more elderly people are in need of constant care. They may have heart problems, be at risk of stroke, or have enough trouble moving that they are worried about falling.
Yet many also resist the idea of moving to a nursing home or other type of care facility; their sense of independence is stronger than their concerns about living at home. For these people, home medical care is one solution. Home care is also a necessity for people with some disabilities, including those with chronic illnesses and some amputees. Fortunately, there are many ways to provide home medical care today. There are many licensed, professional agencies that can send home care professionals to the houses of clients. Other families choose to care for elderly relatives themselves. Both categories of home medical caregivers will be in need of medical equipment and supplies for their patients.
Those receiving home care might have any number of problems. They may be people in their eighties or nineties who have trouble doing everyday chores, and just need a little help sometimes. Many people in this age range have chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes. A caregiver may do little more than stop by once a week to check the patient’s blood pressure and listen to their heart; check their blood sugar and ensure they have enough testing supplies and insulin; or do light household chores the patient can no longer manage themselves.
Other patients might require more care, such as those with serious mobility issues. These patients might be visited by a home physical therapist who comes a few times a week to help the patient with simple exercises to keep their blood flowing properly. Still other patients, such as people who have had strokes, heart attacks, or have another very serious health condition in need of doctor, will require extensive home care. Home care nurses might spend a few hours a day with them or even stay with them all night, monitoring their vital signs for trouble.
Family can provide some of the medical care patients need, and it is common for family care to be supplemented with visits from professionals. Grown children might rotate helping care for elderly parents, with visits from a nurse to monitor a heart condition. Siblings might care for a disabled brother who is treated by a visiting physical therapist three times a week. People in all these situations might need home medical supplies, such as diabetes testing supplies, syringes for giving injections of medications, or hospital sheets for those who are bed ridden.