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What Is Home Care?

Home care encompasses a wide range of health and social services available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Services may include:

  • Nursing
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Home Medical Equipment
  • Personal Care
  • Housekeeping
  • Infusion and Respiratory Therapy
  • Respite
  • Hospice
  • Mobile Diagnostic
  • Counseling

Who can benefit from home care?

You may benefit from home care services if you or a loved one are:

Who provides home care?

Many services can be part of the home care team, depending on your individual needs. One or more of the following types of providers may be beneficial to you:

Certified Home Health—Provides professional and paraprofessional services which meet federal requirements, such as nursing, home health aides, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy.

Private Duty Home Health—Provides services which are desired and purchased by the individual, such as nursing care, personal care or housekeeping services

Home Medical Equipment—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 in the home.

Infusion Therapy—Provides services and medication, such as intravenous
antibiotic therapy.

Who pays for home care services?

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.

How do I select the right agency?

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