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What Services Are Available?

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.

How Do I Pay For Home Care?
How Do I Pay For Home Care?
What Services Are Availabe?
How Are Agencies Certified/Accredited?
How Do I Choose An Agency?

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.


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