“Home care” is a generic term that encompasses a wide array of health care and supportive services. Here are some definitions to help consumers and families understand the different services offered by agencies:
Receiving care at home is a key step toward achieving positive health outcomes for many people. Sophisticated technology is expanding the range of services that can be provided in the home, while offering a safer and more comfortable environment for healing. Each home health agency offer a unique set of services to the communities they serve. Use the agency finder on the right to find the ones that best fits your needs.
- Skilled Care is medical care provided by licensed health care providers. It is generally short-term in nature. Clients may receive services for one to two hours at a time, a couple days a week for several weeks or months. Skilled care includes:
Non-Medical Support Services that assist people with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, assistance walking or transferring to and from a wheelchair and companionship. These “hands-on” services may be provided by a licensed nursing assistant (LNA) who is supervised by a nurse or a “personal care service provider (PCSP.)
Care at the End of Life: Home is likely the most familiar setting for someone who needs end-of-life care. Family and friends can come and go freely. Care at home can be a big job for family and friends—physically, emotionally, and financially. But, there are benefits too, and it is often a job they are willing to take on. Hiring a home health agency is an option for people who need additional help.
In order to make comfort care available at home, you will have to arrange for services (such as visiting nurses) and special equipment (like a hospital bed or bedside commode). Health insurance might only cover these services or equipment if they have been ordered by a doctor. The agency will work with you and your doctor to decide what is needed to support comfort care at home.
“Private duty care” is longer term care for people who need ongoing assistance. This may include private duty skilled nursing care for people who are seriously impaired. They may need many hours of nursing care a day, or even round-the-clock care. Private duty care may also include personal care services or homemaker services. Private duty care is usually paid for by individuals or families. It is not covered by Medicare. In some instances, private duty care may be covered by Medicaid or private insurance. Private duty agencies provide services to clients who pay on their own or who are covered by private insurance. Some private duty agencies may limit their services to personal care or homemaker services. Click here to find home care agencies serving your area.
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