Completing the Care Trifecta: Maintaining Independence with Non Medical Home Care
Is your loved one benefitting from the full long-term “care trifecta”?
Research by the Archives of Family Medicine found that assistive technology and environmental interventions can greatly improve quality of life and reduce functional decline for elderly persons.
Their randomized controlled trial involved 104 home-based frail elderly persons recruited from near Brookfield, Wisconsin. Participants were split into two groups–52 to receive treatment, and 52 to act as the control. Those in the treatment group received assistive technologies and environmental interventions based on pre-test consultations, while the control group received “usual care services” (Mann et al., 1999, p. 210).
After an 18-month intervention period, the treatment group had significantly less decline in functional independence (Mann et al., 1999, p. 210). And while the control group spent less on these two types of non medical home care, they also had greater institutional expenditures.
But while these interventions are effective, they’re only two parts of the “holy trinity” of non medical home care. Today’s post reviews all three of these important care interventions, then shares some free and high-quality resources for families in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Assistive Technology in Brookfield, Wisconsin
The life-changing impact that assistive technologies make in institutions and at home is well-established (Miskelly, 2001). Assistive technology devices such as canes, walkers, bath benches, and medical alert systems increase independence and mobility, enhance general safety, and greatly reduce the risk of slip-and-fall injuries.
Nowadays, developers are even talking about the possibility of creating robots to provide non medical home care and companionship (Sharkey & Sharkey, 2012, p. 27)! That might sound like science fiction, but robot “social workers” are already being used to teach autistic children in certain Wisconsin schools.
While there’s no need to rush towards robot companions with many affordable (and human) sources of non medical home care already available, assistive technologies are an important part of the “care trifecta.” If you’d like help determining what devices could help your family, contact our non medical home care company in Brookfield, Wisconsin for a free consultation.
Environmental Interventions in Brookfield, Wisconsin
As we age, innocuous parts of the home can become treacherous. We may still have a great deal of mobility and independence, but narrow hallways, traditional bathroom setups, and steep stair wells can make life much harder than it needs to be.
In these cases, environmental interventions, such as the addition of ramps, lowering of cabinets, and removal of throw rugs, can greatly increase functional independence (Mann et al., 1999).
Deciding whether to tackle these big structural changes, or to simply relocate to senior assisted living centers, can be tricky. If assisted living interests you, check out our free referral services for families in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
Non Medical Home Care Services in Brookfield, Wisconsin
Assistive technology and environmental interventions are important parts of any non medical home care program, but in-home care services are the foundation. Incidentally, they’re also one of the hardest services to “quality-check,” partly due to the varied licensing and service levels available throughout Wisconsin.
If you’re currently seeking non medical home care services, consider Always Best Care Greater Milwaukee.
All of our caregivers are employees of Always Best Care, which means they are bonded, insured, and have passed drug and Tuberculosis screening. In addition, many have gone through several hours of annual training, and are fully trained in Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s care.
You can find out more about our services at https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/wi/brookfield/
Mann, W. C., Ottenbacher, K. J., Fraas, L., Tomita, M., & Granger, C. V. (1999). Effectiveness of assistive technology and environmental interventions in maintaining independence and reducing home care costs for the frail elderly: A randomized controlled trial. Archives of Family Medicine, 8(3), 210.
Miskelly, F. G. (2001). Assistive technology in elderly care. Age and ageing, 30(6), 455-458.
Sharkey, A., & Sharkey, N. (2012). Granny and the robots: ethical issues in robot care for the elderly. Ethics and information technology, 14(1), 27-40.