Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit - page 21

Boomers Resource Guide
• Spring/Summer 2016
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Home care services may be either
skilled (non-medical) or skilled
(medical) services such as:
• Nursing
• Physical, Occupational and
Speech Therapy
• Home Medical Equipment
• Personal Care
• Housekeeping
• Infusion and Respiratory
Therapy
• Respite
• Hospice
• Mobile Diagnostic
• Counseling
Who provides home care?
Cer t i f i ed Home Heal th:
P r ov i d e s p r o f e s s i on a l a nd
paraprofessional services which
meet federal requirements, such
as nursing, home health aides,
social work, occupational therapy,
physical therapy and speech therapy.
Private Duty Home Care:
Provides services which are desired
and 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 suppl i es , 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 Michigan
Home Health Association (MHHA).
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