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Caregiver FAQ: What Is Home Care?


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?
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How Do I Choose An Agency?

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.
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