Types Of Home Care Agencies

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Many seniors are choosing to stay in their homes and receive care over moving to an assisted living community. When making such a life-changing decision, it’s important to understand all of your options. 

Home Health Care: A home health care professional can provide a wide range of health care services in your home. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Home health care professionals can assist with intravenous or nutrition therapy, injections, patient and caregiver education, and health monitoring during a serious illness or unstable health status. 

Homemaker or Home Care Aide (Custodial Care): Homemakers or home care aides help seniors clean, do laundry, prepare meals, as well as assistance with daily living activities like eating and bathing.

Check out our tips for questions to ask when interviewing a home care agency

Private Duty Home Care: Private duty home care is similar to a homemaker or home care aide but also can include medication reminders, transportation to doctor’s visits or on errands, and as well as specialized care for certain conditions just as Alzheimer’s or hospice. 

Hospice: Home hospice programs are staffed by nurses, doctors, and other professionals who work with the primary caregiver,  usually a family member or friend who’s responsible for around-the-clock supervision of the patient, to provide comfort care and manage symptoms during the last six month of the patient’s life. 

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