Home health care is a unique and dynamic service industry that has grown exponentially in the last few years as the population of Medicare-eligible Americans has increased substantially and continues to grow every year. By 2030, it is projected that more than 70 million people (a full 20% of the population) will be age 65 or older, which has left a gap in care for this group of aging individuals who fall somewhere between optimum health and needing institutional care, such as a nursing home.
As more and more Americans choose to remain in their homes while they age or convalesce, finding qualified at-home care for loved ones becomes increasingly important. Life & Health Care is a Home Health Care Agency located in north central Iowa that provides private pay home health care services that are a professional, secure and affordable option for elderly family members or individuals in recovery.
Our home care aides, personal attendants, and registered nurses offer a variety of necessary services such as medication management, planning and preparing meals to accommodate dietary restrictions, assisting with personal hygiene such as bathing, grooming, and dressing, grocery shopping and other errands, light housekeeping and simply providing companionship, stimulation and personal interaction for your loved one. Having a family member in need of at-home care can be challenging to everyone involved and attempting to balance the desires of your loved one and the demands of daily life is often overwhelming.
Our services allow you and your family members the comfort of knowing your loved one is safe and secure at home, being cared for by qualified individuals, while still offering you the ability to manage necessary tasks outside the home. Life & Health Care is committed to partnering with your family to provide an affordable, effective option for private pay home health care services.
For more information or questions about our services, please call (515) 832-4442.
Life & Health Care’s Home Care Aides and Nurses have additional training in the care of clients with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression. Deaths from Alzheimer have increased 66 percent between 2000 and 2008, while deaths from other major diseases, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased. Today, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – 5.2 million aged 65 and over; 200,000 with younger-onset Alzheimer’s. By 2050, as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease. Two-thirds of those with the disease – 3.4 million – are women. Of Americans aged 65 and over, 1 in 8 has Alzheimer’s, and nearly half of people aged 85 and older have the disease. Another American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 69 seconds. In 2050, an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds. Most people survive an average of four to eight years after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, but some live as long as 20 years with the disease. On average, 40 percent of a person’s years with Alzheimer’s are spent in the most severe stage of the disease – longer than any other stage. In caring for those with Alzheimer’s it is important to understand the progression of the disease and it’s impact on brain functions, as well as keeping clients in familiar surroundings which helps reduce distress for the client. It is vitally important that family members have time away from the demands of care giving, and Life & Health Care’s staff will be able to meet the changing needs for these and all the clients.