Home health care is a broad term that describes a wide variety of health and health-related services provided within a patient’s residence. Home health care is available to people of all ages with either acute or chronic conditions, as well as people with disabilities and those with terminal illnesses.
There are two types of home care:
“Non-Medical” refers to companion and personal care activities, such as bathing, grooming, assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, running errands and transportation to medical appointments. These types of services are typically provided by a caregiver, Certified Nursing Assistant or non-licensed individual. Non-Medical home care can be scheduled anywhere from a few hours per week to 24-hours a day.
“Skilled” care follows a specific plan of care under the supervision of a physician and can involve nursing care, as well as other services, such as physical and occupational therapy, speech-language therapy and medical social services. Care must be provided by state-licensed healthcare professionals. Most skilled home health care is intermittent, and is designed to provide a short term solution. The healthcare professionals that visit your home will educate and empower you and your caregiver to work on overcoming your health challenges. Home health clinicians will also assist you in changing and improving your environment and/or your health outlook,