Interim HealthCare celebrating National Home Care and Hospice Month with Wall of Inspiration
During National Home Care and Hospice Month in November, Interim HealthCare is honoring the contributions of its more than 800 team members that provide home health, hospice and personal care for patients to age in place or recover at home to maintain independence and a greater quality of life.
“In South Carolina and beyond, there are not enough retirement communities to support the demand that is to come, and home healthcare agencies can step in and support patients and their families during challenging times,” said Charles McDonough, Chief Executive Officer for Interim HealthCare.
Many patients feel more comfortable receiving care at home, and it is as effective, more convenient, and usually less costly than a prolonged stay in a hospital or physical rehabilitation facility, McDonough said.
“Our trained nurses, therapists, and home health aides can care for patients with several needs from managing chronic pain and diseases like COPD and diabetes to caring for post-surgical wounds or patients with urinary incontinence,” McDonough said. “Our incredible team consistently delivers on our ultimate goal to enhance daily living for the patient and provide invaluable support for the family.”
South Carolina ranks among the top 10 states in the U.S. for the highest percentage of residents over the age of 65, with the state’s senior population expected to double by the year 2030, according to the S.C. Department on Aging.
Interim HealthCare, one of the largest providers of home health services in South Carolina, was founded in 1979 and presently serves more than 15,000 patients annually and is committed to ensuring services are available to meet the demand of the rapidly growing aging population in the Upstate and Midlands.
Interim HealthCare’s physical therapy services are one of the ways in-home care supports the senior population. Physical therapy can assist with conditions such as joint replacement or stroke to help the patient regain strength, stamina, range of motion and balance. Services are tailored to each patient’s lifestyle and living environment with individual goals in mind.
Additionally, Interim HealthCare’s physical therapists can offer specific services for those recovering from injuries or conditions due to a fall. According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury for adults aged 65 or older with about 36 million suffering a fall each year. To help reduce this number, physical therapists can provide balance training to help with coordination, ankle stability, and strength to help prevent serious falls and improve patient safety and confidence.
“Almost nine times out of ten, there will be a physical therapy component to every patient’s care and our goal is to help patients optimize their capabilities to move and function,” said Odette Ray, Therapy Director at Interim HealthCare. “It’s important to promote healthier and more active lifestyles through specific stretches, exercises, or services like balance training, but we can also make recommendations to enhance a patient’s quality of life at home by making the home more accessible.”
Interim HealthCare also offers telehealth, speech therapy, music therapy and personal care services that support daily activities essential for independent living such as personal hygiene, dressing, eating, toileting and mobility. The caregiving team can also assist with companionship and pet care, as well as providing a respite for the primary family caregiver.
Interim HealthCare of the Upstate and Midlands is celebrating National Home Care and Hospice Month by asking patients and family members to share their experiences with home-based care on the Wall of Inspiration. Member of the public can go HERE to share their story and encourage others in their health journey.
For more information on services offered by Interim HealthCare of the Upstate and Midlands or careers with the company, visit interimcares.com.