Finding the right home care provider is a difficult decision for anyone. What kind of care is available? How do I pay for it? Who can I trust? What is home care, anyway? To help consumers and families make the decisions that work best for them. Click here to download a printer-friendly PDF of the center.
What Is Home Care?
Home care is any service where aides, therapists, and nurses provide assistance in a client’s residence, helping them remain independent and healthy. Studies have shown that home care is often more cost-effective and beneficial than other options, such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Depending on the situation, a person may need help around-the-clock, once a day, or for just a few hours a week. For instance, a person may need it:
- Briefly, to recover from an injury or a hospitalization;
- Occasionally, to supplement services from an assisted living residence or retirement community.
- Regularly, to manage chronic illnesses or the difficulties in aging.