Five Common Myths About Home Health Care

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Nurse Discussing home health care myths with a potential patient
Published:  May 8, 2023

Whether you’re recovering from surgery, need physical therapy, or help coping with a long-term illness, there are many benefits to home health care. In fact, getting the care you need in the comfort and safety of your own home can lower the risk of infection and speed up the healing process. That’s why Traditions Health experts are here to dispel the common misconceptions that keep people from using these beneficial services.

Myth #1. Home health care is too expensive.

Good news: home health care is covered by most private insurance companies, as well as VA (Veteran Affairs), Medicare, and Medicaid. And while home health services must be ordered by a doctor, many people qualify for in-home care.

Myth #2. Only very sick people need home health care.

Of course, home health providers do care for people who are very sick or have serious health issues. However, they also offer services to help you recover from common procedures and illnesses at home.

Home health services often include care after surgery, assistance with managing medications, and physical or occupational therapy.

Myth #3. Home health care is unsafe and low quality.

It’s true that not all home health companies are equal. Top-quality providers such as Traditions Health screen employees and provide training. They also take the time to match caregivers with patients to make sure they offer the right level of care, along with compatibility and comfort.

Experts agree that home health care is often cheaper, more convenient, and just as effective as the care given at hospitals or nursing facilities. In fact, home health providers can spot health concerns that often go unnoticed. This means fall hazards, medication issues, and other dangers in the home can be found and fixed early.

Myth #4. Home health is only for seniors.

While many people who have in-home care are seniors, the elderly are not the only ones who can benefit from the services. Anyone recovering from surgery, illness or injury can benefit from home health care.

Myth #5. Home health is for people without family support.

Family members have an important role in any patient’s care and recovery. But many people who try to give health support to their loved ones at home find they burn out fast.

Nurses and home health workers are trained to offer a wide range of services that help with disease management, wound care, and medications. Caregivers can also help educate family members about treatment options and health conditions. The help of a home health worker can lower the stress placed on loved ones to create a comfortable and healing environment for the patient.

Looking for more information?

If you’re considering home health care for yourself or a loved one, we’re ready to help. Learn more about the customized home health services that Traditions Health provides or request care.

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