Why Home Care
What is Home Care
Home Care refers to services such as personal care, supportive care, medical care and specialized care delivered to seniors and patients at their own homes or place of residence. Trained care givers visit the clients’ homes at predetermined times and / or intervals and deliver necessary care services. Home Care is also known as In-Home Care and Home Medical Care.
Home Care is a phrase that 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 compassionate care 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 avoid institutionalization altogether, receiving safe and effective care in the comfort of their own homes.
Why Home Care
Primary purpose of choosing home care is to reduce the cost of care provided at institutional settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and senior living facilities such as assisted living communities.
For example, post-surgery phase is an important period for anyone undergone a surgery in a medical facility. Once the patient is released, she may not have someone at home to attend to the requirements such as medication, therapies or even daily living activities. Continuing recovery in the medical facility is not an option, not only because of the cost but availability of such critical services for other patients.
Many seniors opt for living in their homes as long as possible. Such seniors need assistance in terms of personal care as well as medical care. While some senior may move to full-fledged assisted living communities, the cost of assisted living, which is generally not covered by Medicare, may be a prohibitive factor for many. Hence Home Care is the preferred option in such cases.
Some Senior Living facilities such as independent retirement living and minimal assisted living communities use Home Care Agencies to provide assistance and care for their residents.
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