When Should You Turn To Home Care?


There comes a time in life that the human body declines and extra help with overall health is needed.  At times, home care may be necessary.  Home care is a form of healthcare administered by a licensed medical professional in a support care environment inside the home of the patient.  Often, it is referred to as home health care as to distinguish it from custodialwhen to consider home care care, which is care given in the home by someone not licensed to provide medical treatment.  There are various types of home care.

Hospice is a healthcare program designed for licensed personnel to administer care in a patient’s home when a terminal disease or condition no longer responds to a cure by needed medication.  Hospice offers kindness and support to the patient as well as the family of the patient by practicing dignity and respect.  It is important to understand that Hospice does neither extends nor accelerates death.  Hospice is a team effort of professionally trained staff that caters to the patient’s need of pain control, emotionally counseling of the impact the disease takes, as well as bereavement counseling to those that must come to terms that death is near and to the families whom have suffered the loss of their loved one.

Rehabilitation is often administered at home postop a surgery.  Registered nurses administer IV medications and/or show attention to wounds, as well as drawing blood for necessary testing.  Rehabilitation is also administered in the home by licensed physical therapist that will accommodate recovery by exercising the bones and muscles of the patient.  Respiratory therapist may visit the home to maintain or provide maintenance to medical equipment.

* Around-the-clock care is usually provided by licensed nursing assistants to patients, especially the elderly, who are bedbound and completely dependent on care.  This sort of care also gives aid to daily chores or tasks that the elderly patient may no longer, for a temporary time, be able to manage on their own, such as dishes, laundry, vacuuming, or trips to the grocery store.


Home care consideration, first, typically comes from the advisement of the patient’s Primary Care Physician or the hospital in which they are being treated, as well as a nursing home they may be receiving care from, once the patient no longer needs around-the-clock are. Home care is often prescribed to limit excessive trips to the physician, which tends to take a toll on an ailing patient’s health.  A patient may also be recommended for home care if blood work is scheduled excessively to monitor health.


Often, those in need of physical therapy rehabilitation choose home care in order to avoid nursing home care, which is twenty-four hour supervision in a facility.  With care given inside the home, the elderly patient finds solace in the comfort of an environment he/she is familiar with.  Medical care is literally brought to the patient instead of the patient having to seek care.


When a family member provides care for their loved one, being attentive, the will witness a decline in health and realize they are no longer capable of managing focused care as needed.  A physician will determine if home care is needed.  He/she will deliberate over

the patient’s medical history as well as testimony from the family member that is with the patient most often.

Steps to take for home care

Approval from a physician is the first step to take.  If the elderly patient admitted to the hospital is to receive home care, the process will be in place before the patient is discharged.  Also, a home care request must be submitted to the patient’s health insurance provider for payment approval.  Insurance companies tend to support home care because in the long run, the expenses are less than what they would be in a prolonged hospital stay.  The decision of the health insurance provider will result before licensed medical professionals are sent to the home of the elderly patient.

Home care has developed briskly over the last twenty years.  It is foreseen that this type of care will continue to excel due to the fact that is generally proves overall best for the patient because they are offered much needed comfort and quality healthcare in the privacy and  familiarity of their own home.  Home care is also a relief to the family members of the loved one, to know that well-trained medical staff are overseeing needed care to their loved one.


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