Do you migrate to Florida for the winter season? The weather is great, but what happens if you become ill? The fact is that many “snow birds” do not have a Florida physician. When a problem develops with your health, it snowballs into other dilemmas. Other than calling 911 for the paramedics, how can you access immediate, professional health care? Who can you turn to for a recommendation for a good, local physician? Who can you call to come over and lend a hand while you recuperate?

The answer is, call Champion Home Health Care! We have been helping “snow birds” in need for over 23 years. Can visit you at your home, usually the same day that you call. We can assess your medical problem and recommend a local physician, even ones that make house calls! We can set up caregivers to take care of you at your home, for as long as needed.

Champion recently helped a “snow bird” family. This family has been coming to their Florida home for almost twenty years. The father developed early stages of Dementia, but that did not prevent him and his wife from returning to Florida. Nevertheless, a different health crisis occurred. The father fell in the middle of the night. The mom tried to get him up, but fell and injured herself. He lay on the floor almost eight hours, before the mom was able to get a pool worker to help. The mom did not know how to access medical help in Florida. She did not think of calling 911, but she did call her son. He flew down immediately to help his parents. The son called Champion Home Health Care, because he realized that his mom couldn’t be the sole caregiver.

The Champion nurse arrived at the family’s home within a few hours. The son said, “I think we need some professional help here.” She physically assessed both the father and the mother. She made a list of medical supplies and gave it to the son, with directions to the nearest pharmacy. The Nurse then helped arrange for a doctor’s appointment for the dad. She advised the son on what to discuss with the new physician. The family agreed to have round-the-clock care until the crisis subsided. The Champion nurse stayed with the family until the next caregiver arrived. Within a few days, the son was able to fly home. He had peace of mind that the professionals were in charge and his dad was recuperating.

Written by: Renee Risnear – CHHC Boca Raton, FL