National Healthcare Quality Week kicks off October 18 and runs through October 24 this year. Sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality, this annual event seeks to raise awareness about healthcare standards, requirements, and the professionals who make it all happen.
It’s the perfect time to celebrate those who dedicate their lives to patient care and satisfaction. Their adherence to facility requirements and care standards ensure that patients receive the attention and treatment they deserve. In light of National Healthcare Quality Week, we’re focusing on the fundamentals of quality care for older adults.
Fundamentals of Quality Healthcare
What does quality healthcare mean to you? For most of us, the definition includes professionalism, respect, compassion, and knowledge. While there’s still a need to create an exact definition of quality healthcare, there are indicators available.
Keep the following in mind as you look at healthcare options:
- Fulfillment of national and state standards
- Commitment to HIPAA privacy rule
- Reports of patient outcomes
- Hospital records and reports
- Available technology and treatment
- Adherence to Patient Safety Indicators and Recommended Care Measures
- Use of evidence-based research to make healthcare decisions
Overall, a quality healthcare setting should be prepared to handle your needs and allow you to make the most informed decisions about treatment.
Caring for Older Adults
Seniors have their own unique healthcare needs. It is especially vital to find the best healthcare available for older adults to ensure their overall quality of life.
Finding an advocate or being your own self-advocate is the first step. Seniors should always be as involved as possible in making decisions regarding their own healthcare. However, when a time arrives that they are not able to make these decisions on their own, a trustworthy and compassionate advocate must take on the role.
Knowledge is another fundamental aspect of quality healthcare for seniors. Look for professionals who are transparent and forthcoming about preventive care and treatment options. They should also be knowledgeable about potential complications, side effects, and drug interactions.
Respect is, of course, an integral part of excellent healthcare. Seniors may need to take on more personal care tasks such as quitting smoking, eating healthier or following a new exercise routine. Receiving this information from a thoughtful, well-informed professional goes far.
Finally, be sure to keep up with regular immunizations, checkups, and personal care. Preventative care is one of the main components for increasing life expectancy and quality of life. Monitoring age-related health concerns is of the utmost importance.
Matrix Home Health Care’s Approach to Quality Care
At Matrix Home Health Care Specialists, we offer only the highest standard of care to our patients. Our comprehensive continuum care services allow us to care for your loved ones when they need it the most. With a range of senior care services including in home healthcare and residential care homes, you’ll find an option that best meets the needs of your loved ones.
To learn more about Matrix Home Healthcare and what quality means to our specialists, contact our team today.