16 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Metro Detroit purchased by the individual, such as nursing care, personal care or housekeeping services. Private duty services may be skilled health or non-skilled (non- medical). Home Medical Equipment Supplier: Provides equipment and supplies, such as beds, wheelchairs, oxygen, wound care, diabetic and ostomy. Hospice: Provides a team of health care professionals and volunteers who offer comprehensive physical, psychosocial and spiritual care for patients and their families at the end of life. Quality of life is enhanced by relief of pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Mobile Diagnostic: Provides x-ray, ultrasound, heart studies and laboratory services at home. Infusion Therapy: Provides services and medication, such as intravenous antibiotic therapy. Payment for services may be through Medicare, Medicaid or other health insurance plans. Home care may also be paid directly by the patient or the patient’s family. You may wish to talk with your doctor or friends regarding their experience with home care services. Consider all the circumstances before making a final decision when selecting a home care agency. Staying at home is the popular choice for elderly, disabled or injured patients. While nursing homes provide a valuable and necessary service for those with high care needs, home care can provide alternatives meet your needs in a less costly community setting. Home care is not only the low cost alternative to hospital or institutionalization, but more and more patients are choosing home care as their first choice for care. Editorial provided by Barry Cargill, Executive Director, Michigan Home Health Association (MHHA).