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Do a Holiday Health Check

By SSM Health

Getting together to share a meal and spend time with loved ones 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 aren’t as steady as they once were. Maybe they are more forgetful than they used to be or are having a hard time navigating everyday tasks. They might not be managing a medical condition or medications as effectively as they once did.

It can be hard to know what to do 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.

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

• 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

How can home health services help?

Skilled 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 by providing the skilled nursing and therapy they need in their home.

Hospice is available for those living with a life-limiting illness who have chosen to focus on quality of life. Hospice is a type of care, not a place. In fact, the vast majority of hospice patients remain at home.

Non-medical home care provides assistance with personal care and other activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and medication management.

Hopefully, your visit home finds your family healthy, happy and doing well. But, if you think your loved ones need help, act now. Getting assistance today can help ensure they are home for the holidays in years to come.

SSM Health at Home provides a variety of home care services including home health, hospice, medical equipment, infusion pharmacy, and community health. 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. Visit or call 800-924-2273 for more information.

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