Holidays are a Good Time to Check on Health

Getting together to share a meal and spending time with those we love is often the highlight of the holiday season. But if you notice a loved is having difficulty, there are things you can do to help.

Perhaps they have fallen, or they aren’t as steady on their feet as they once were. Maybe they are a little more forgetful than they used to be. They could be having a hard time navigating everyday tasks that used to be easy. They might not be managing a medical condition or their medications as effectively as they once did.

Taking care of potential issues before they become major problems can help to ensure your loved one can continue to live safely and independently at home.

It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to the needs of aging family members. A good place to start is to see if they might benefit from home health services which can provide a number of different types of support depending on a patient’s unique circumstances.

Home Health Indicators Checklist

  • Requires assistance to leave the house
  • Needs a mobility aid or special transportation to leave the house
  • Medical condition limits leaving the house or makes it very difficult to do so
  • A new diagnosis or complications of an existing diagnosis
  • A new or significantly changed medication
  • Difficulty managing medications
  • Difficulty managing health condition(s)
  • Recently diagnosed with a chronic condition
  • Frequent hospitalization in the past year
  • Frequent emergency room or urgent care visits
  • Contacts the doctor’s office frequently or needs frequent follow-up from the medical team
  • Functional or cognitive changes
  • Has fallen recently, is at risk of falling, or is afraid of falling
  • Changes in mobility
  • Has concerning weakness, endurance issues, or balance problems
  • Concerns with safety in the home
  • Changes in appetite or weight loss/gain
  • Difficulty with daily activities (bathing, grooming, chores, shopping, meal preparation, transportation)
  • Has a recent or scheduled surgery
  • Has a recent or scheduled discharge from a facility
  • Is having problems managing pain or symptoms
  • Has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition
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How can SSM Health at Home help?

We offer a range of services designed to keep our patients as safe and independent as possible at home. Our range of care options allows us to provide our patients with more comprehensive care as well as a seamless transition should they need to move from one type of care to another.

Our home health services are designed to help patients remain at home as they recover from illness or injury, heal from surgery, or manage chronic conditions. Because each patient’s situation is different, we collaborate with their physician to develop an individualized plan of care and offer several specialty programs including chronic disease management, palliative care, telehealth monitoring, infusion and enteral therapy, wound and ostomy care, and more. Learn more.

Hospice is available for those with a limited life expectancy who have chosen to stop curative treatment. Most hospice patients prefer to remain at home and our team helps make that happen by managing symptoms, providing comfort, and supporting both patients and their families. Learn more.

We provide a variety of medical equipment, supplies, and services some of which include mobility aids, oxygen and respiratory therapy, home safety equipment, mastectomy fitting and supplies, and CPAP supplies. We have locations throughout the area and can assist customers with insurance requirements on prescribed equipment. Learn more.

Depending on a patient’s location, we may be able to provide additional support. VoiceCare is a personal emergency response system that establishes a connection to help should a fall or other emergencies arise. Meals On Wheels provides nutritious mid-day meals to residents of Madison, Middleton, Monona, and Sun Prairie. SAFE at Home can complete a home safety assessment for Dane County seniors ages 60 and older. Learn more.

Navigating the maze of health care can be overwhelming for patients and caregivers. We are here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help provide the care you or your loved one need. Whether you need care today or are planning for tomorrow, we are here to help.

Contact us to learn more about how SSM Health at Home services can help.