Home Care: The Preferred Choice of Consumers
When people are asked where they prefer to receive care, "at home" is the number one answer. With today's technological advances, home care agencies are able to deliver more care to more people than ever before, so that people can remain in the comfort and security of their own homes to receive the health care they need. With today's aging baby boomers, the demand for home care services continues to grow and home care agencies are expanding their services to meet the increasing demand.
Home care encompasses a wide array of health and supportive services delivered in the home. Clients cross the spectrum of care—from seniors needing assistance with activities of daily living; to patients needing assistance after surgery; to new mothers needing postpartum nursing visits for mom and newborn; to the chronically-ill who are maintained with skilled supervision, support services, home modification and equipment.
Home Care Offers Both Short Term and Long Term Care Services
“Home health care” commonly refers to skilled clinical treatments, such as the services of a registered nurse or physical therapist, or for administration of in-home therapies and other skilled care. These often are short term services that allow patients to receive skilled services in their homes
The term “home care” often describes a range of medical and supportive services for post-acute, chronically-ill, disabled and elderly populations. In many cases, home care services are long term care services, providing patients with homemaking, personal care for nutrition and hygiene, and adaptive devices to prevent slips and falls which are as important to their rehabilitation and functioning as the more sophisticated health technologies that are also delivered at home.