Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 18

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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).
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