Who Does What in Home Health Care?
It’s not surprising that most people prefer to be cared for in the comfort and dignity of their own homes. Many healthcare treatments that were once offered only in a hospital or a doctor’s office can now be done at home. Homecare is usually less expensive, more convenient and just as effective as the care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Home health care is the umbrella term for the following types of in-home care:
• Home health agencies help treat an illness or injury by providing skilled nursing care and other skilled care services like physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Home health services must be ordered by a physician.
• Personal care/private duty homecare agencies provide assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and preparing meals.
• Hospice is designed to give supportive care to a person at the end of life. It focuses on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The goal is the make people free of pain so that they live their last days as fully as possible.
Advancing technology, focus on the patient and increasing affordability make homecare services an ideal solution for a wide variety of health needs – all in the comfort of home.
Today, older people are offered a wide range of services from which to choose. Find out what they are, how to access reports that rate their quality, what to look for in an agency and the factors to consider in making the best choice for your loved one’s needs.