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 Services Are Available?
Home care agencies may offer all or some of the following services (those with an asterisk may qualify for Medicare reimbursement):
- Adaptive Equipment*, such as grab bars and elevated toilet seats, help people with limited mobility and strength perform daily activities.
- Adult Day Health features onsite congregate care during the day
- Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care includes specialized services to meet the needs of people with these conditions
- Appointment Escorts help clients get to health & medical appointments
- Care Management by a licensed professional, often a social worker or nurse
- Chores & Cleaning includes tidying, cleaning, lifting, etc.
- Companions alleviate loneliness and encourage socialization
- CWOCN* stands for Certified Wound & Ostomy Care Nurses
- Durable Medical Equipment, such as wheelchairs, etc., can be purchased or found through this agency
- Home Modification with ramps & widened doorways improves mobility
- Homemaking includes laundry, light cleaning, & meal preperation
- Hospice* programs provide end-of-life care & counseling
- Intravenous Therapy* is usually provided by a nurse with special training in IV use and medication administration
- Live-in Aides provide around-the-clock assistance and reassurance
- Maternal & Child Health programs focus on new mothers and infants
- Medical Social Work* coordinates services from other sources
- Medication Management is assistance in tracking and taking prescription medications
- Nursing* provides skilled assistance with health & medical issues
- Nutritionist programs are usually provided by registered dietitians who offer recommendations based on medical needs, etc.
- Occupational Therapy* improves fine motor skills
- Pain/Palliative Care* programs alleviate or manage chronic pain
- Pediatric Nursing* is skilled nursing care for children
- Personal Care/Home Health Aides provide assistance with toileting, bathing, transferring to/from bed, etc.
- Personal Emergency Response Systems enable clients to contact medical help automatically via telephone in an emergency
- Physical Therapy* improves strength & mobility
- Private Duty Nursing provides nursing care for more than 2 hours at a time for patients who require close, constant monitoring
- Psychiatric Nursing* provides treatment for mental disorders
- Respiratory Therapy addresses breathing disorders
- Speech & Language Therapy* improves communication skills
- Staffing provides subcontracted workers for nursing homes
- Telehealth Monitoring uses telephone technology to help individuals manage their own care
- Transportation helps clients get to regular appointments
* May qualify for Medicare reimbursement.