Typically many people do not need medical supplies in their home until hospice or home health care has been recommended for the patient. As the name suggests, most patients who receive this care do so at home. There are four levels of hospice care: routine, continuous, general inpatient, and respite. Each level designates an intensity of care.
Routine care offers medical equipment with the option for 24 hour on-call services that are provided by a registered nurse after regular business hours. Continuous care is for patients who have severe symptoms and need extra support even if it is only temporary. General inpatient care is similar to continuous care in that it is for patients with severe symptoms. Often in this level of care, a hospice team has to interfere daily; most people in this stage are in the active phase of dying where the prognosis is days to live instead of months or weeks. Respite care is a level where family members are provided for. This level of care is used when family members need a break from their duties as caregiver.
When one’s family member is able to enter the hospice phase of care, the caregiver can set up Medical Equipment and supplies Lubbock TX , and elsewhere. Companies like Absolute Home Medical provide such equipment and breathing aides to new caregivers. This company has a trained and qualified staff that teaches caregivers how to set up and use the equipment properly. Some examples of medical supplies include hospital beds, shower chairs, wheelchairs, lifts, and ramps. Breathing aides include oxygen tanks, nebulizers, and CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines.
When choosing a company for medical equipment and supplies in Lubbock, TX, and elsewhere, request a list of current customers as references. If these references are called and are satisfied with the equipment and service that the company provides, then the medical supply company is reputable enough to be considered. Another factor in the decision is money; however, the cheapest option is not always the best especially when a loved one’s life is on the line. As always, test out a few companies before choosing one to ensure the best qualified company for the right price.