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Critical Challenges Facing Home Care Services in Areas with High Humidity

Written by Posted On Friday, 11 January 2019 08:05

Home care is becoming one of the most profitable businesses in the United States. Individuals and companies are starting home-based care health services in various parts of the country. Over the last few years, provision of health services and nursing activities at home has become one of the most growing and expanding business across the country. However, significant challenges are facing this industry. Political affairs, lack of funds, and lack of professionals are just some of the human-made problems that are facing this sector.

 

However, humid areas have enormous challenges due to the amount of water in the atmosphere. The problem is complicated by the fact that all those individuals in need of care are likely to be affected by high humidity. Recent reports suggest that home-based care is becoming a challenge in areas with high humidity. The problem is compounded by the fact that this situation is not seasonal but a natural way of life that home care providers should understand. Here are some of the problems facing home care services in humid areas.

 

Low Demand

Although the data shows that the demand for home care services is increasing in many states around the country due to the increasing number of old people, humid areas are recording low demand. Home care providers located in wet regions indicate that a significant amount of people in need of home care services are moving to new homes in Sacramento California, where levels of humidity are lower. Many individuals don’t want to stay in regions where their health is likely to deteriorate rather than improve.

 

Regulation and Certification

In other areas around the country, authorities are just concerned about the level of training among nurses and other caregivers before they can provide the necessary certification to the home care service providers. When it comes to home care providers located in humid areas, authorities don’t only check whether the nurses are qualified, but they go further to enforce other factors such as dehumidifiers and other features that make the home warm and conducive to old people. This has made it difficult for home care providers to establish their services in humid regions.

 

Mold and Mildew Challenges

Wet conditions in the houses have encouraged the development and growth of mold and mildew. These are fungi and bacteria that are harmful and toxic to the health of an individual. Any individual who touches or inhaled mold will tend to demonstrate high fiver and other symptoms such as red eyes, rash, and sneezing among others. This is one of the major factors that is causing low demand for home care services in humid areas. Old and sick individuals are vulnerable to various illnesses and thus, have a feeling that mold and mildew will make their situations worse.

 

Allergy, Sinus, and Asthma Problems

These are some of the health conditions that indicate that the house is too wet and dry. However, in this case, home care services experience these illnesses on a constant basis because their homes are extremely wet. Asthma and allergic problems are very high, which means that not many people will be willing to take their aged family members in a home where they are likely to contract sinus, asthma, and even allergic reactions. This has caused losses to those individuals who have invested in home care services in such areas.

 

Controlling Humidity

A large number of homes are responding to the challenge of high water content in the air by installing equipment such as humidifiers to help in lowering the amount of water from the air. These machines collect huge amount of water on a regular basis. Homeowners must make sure that the water is continuously removed so that it does not accumulate to the point of causing biological pollution in the room. Although humidifiers have changed the way home care services in humid conditions are perceived, much work needs to be done before homes in those areas become conducive for people in need of care.

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