Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland

18 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cleveland Health | Article Searching for Home Care or Hospice in Ohio? What is Home Care? Home care takes in a wide range of health and social services that can be delivered at home, which is preferred by most people. Home care can be provided to recovering, disabled or chronically ill children and adults needing medical, nursing, social or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance with the essentials of daily living. Home care is provided to individuals of all ages who face a variety of health and social problems, such as a short- or long-term illness, injury, physical handicaps, mental health disorders and chemical dependencies. Who Provides Home Care? Home care services are provided by home care agencies. These public and private non-profit and for- profit groups have historically centered around a core of providing nursing and home care aide services. But home care agencies now also provide physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as social and nutritional care. Home care may involve professional, paraprofessionals and volunteers. Before receiving home care, a person should have a specific plan of treatment designed by a physician, nurse and/or medical social worker in concert with the people providing the care. Who Can Benefit from Home Care? A person who: • Is discharged from a hospital or nursing facility, but needs additional care and treatment, • Requires short-term assistance at home because of outpatient surgery or maternity-related incapacity, • Is a medically fragile child with special needs,