A Matter of Comfort: Compounding for Home Health Care
You probably already know that many of your customers and patients are coping with a serious illness or disability that requires some level of home care; these patients find themselves or close members of their family struggling with basic, everyday life activities. One of the most pressing issues for people who need home health care is actually receiving the right medication regimen to minimize their symptoms and maximize their quality of life — an ongoing quest for comfort. That’s why compounding for home health care is such a fruitful area for your pharmaceutical practice.
Issues Typically Faced by Home Health Care Consumers
Some of the most common reasons patients need home health care are for management of dementia and the diseases that cause it such as Alzheimer’s, to manage serious and terminal illnesses such as cancer and AIDS, and for living with serious disabilities that impair day to day function, such as traumatic brain injuries or severe autism. Each of these situations common to compounding for home health care presents its own set of issues from a pharmaceutical perspective.
Home health care patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and other diseases and forms of dementia typically need a variety of medications in different dosages. They may be challenging patients in terms of ensuring medication compliance. And they are likely to suffer from nausea and anxiety, making swallowing pills difficult.
Home health care patients suffering from serious and terminal illnesses such as cancer and AIDS typically need “drug cocktails” of medications that can be very dangerous in high doses. Many of their medications cause extremely uncomfortable side effects, and nausea and pain are par for the course. Patients will also at times be accepting only some treatments but not others; individualized care, then, is needed.
Finally, home health care patients who live with serious disabilities that impair their daily lives present another set of treatment challenges from a pharmaceutical perspective. People who have survived traumatic brain injuries often present with a number of issues. Chronic head pain is one of them and this is typically moderate to severe. Cognitive issues are another challenge, and psychological issues, whether rooted in the injury itself or in the difficulties the patient has coping with it, are common. All of these will demand home health care pharmaceutical treatment, and all are ideally treated by compounding for home health care.
Similarly, patients with severe autism typically need pharmaceutical treatment. This is because although there is no medication that can cure or improve the basic symptoms or causes of autism, some medications can help manage certain symptoms. Autistic patients are very sensitive to sensations and do not handle invasive delivery methods for medications well; they may be very difficult to dose, even with simple pills. Anxiety is common among people with severe autism, so antidepressants are often prescribed to them. Because extreme behavioral problems often present in these cases — sometimes including serious self-harm — antipsychotic drugs may also be prescribed to these patients. Hyperactivity and pain may also need to be managed, the former as it presents, and the latter in particular for self-harming patients.
How Compounding Helps Home Health Care Patients
In each of these cases described above, compounding for home health care presents some excellent treatment alternatives for these patients.
In treatments designed to manage dementia in home health care patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and other diseases, compounding allows providers to prescribe in individualized, specific doses. It also allows the patients to access a variety of medications in different dosages from one, easy to absorb source. And although these home health care patients may be reluctant to swallow pills, it is simple to apply topical medications or offer them lozenges. These delivery methods also overcome the problem of nausea that so many Alzheimer’s patients face.
Home health care patients suffering from serious and terminal illnesses such as cancer and AIDS can receive “drug cocktails” of medications, as well as treatment for nausea and pain in less invasive, painful delivery routes that their bodies can better tolerate. They can therefore maximize their comfort as they cope with their difficult medication regimens.
Home health care patients that live with traumatic brain injuries can be treated for even severe pain and psychological issues safely and painlessly with compounded medications with a much greater ease of attaining compliance. Similarly, patients with severe autism can be treated for anxiety, self-harm, behavioral issues, and pain in ways that do not disturb them on a sensory level. This maximizes patient and family satisfaction and medication compliance.
Each of the home health care patient outcomes can be greatly improved through high quality, reliable compounding. This kind of attentive care gives patients the kind of care that eases the home health situation in meaningful ways for both the patient and his or her family care unit.
Pharmaceutica North America is working at the forefront of home care therapy by providing top quality bulk pharmaceutical components for compounding medications. When you purchase products from PNA, you know you are making a real difference in the lives of your patients. Please contact us today to learn more about product options for your compounding needs.