What is Home Care?
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by Chris V |
Home care encompasses a wide range of health and social services. These services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically, or terminally ill persons in need of medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance with the essential activities of daily living.
Generally, home care is appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends. More and more older people, electing to live independent, non-institutionalized lives, are receiving home care services as their physical capabilities diminish. Younger adults who are disabled or recuperating from acute illness are choosing home care whenever possible. Chronically ill infants and children are receiving sophisticated medical treatment in their loving and secure home environments. Adults and children diagnosed with terminal illness also are being cared for at home, receiving compassion and maintaining dignity at the end of life.
As hospital stays decrease, increasing numbers of patients need highly skilled services when they return home. Other patients are able to stay at home to begin with, receiving safe and effective care in the comfort of their own homes.
Why Home Care?
Home care is cost-effective. Numerous studies have shown that home care is generally the most cost-effective care option. Used prior to, in place of, or after hospitalization, home care can reduce the length-of-stay and save money over the course of an illness.
Home care keeps people independent. With assistance, persons of all ages can continue to function as viable members of the community.
Home care keeps families together. The joy of being with loved ones is particularly important in times of illness, and keeping families together has a positive social and economic impact on our communities.
Home care involves the individual and the family in the care that is delivered. Home care is patient centered — it empowers individuals and their families to assume greater responsibility for their own health, and to assist them to make informed health care decisions.
Time and Type of Services Available
Understanding the different types of services available for home care can be confusing to say the least. The following list is designed to clear up some of the confusion.
Length of Care
Types of Care
Who Pays for Home Care?
Home care is paid for by a variety of sources. Benefits and requirements vary greatly, however. Major home care payment sources include:
Home Care By The Numbers
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Source: The Home Care Association of Florida
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