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Home Care 101

What is home care?

"Home care" encompasses a wide range of health and social services. These services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill persons in their own homes.  Their needs may be medical, nursing, social, therapeutic treatment and / or assistance with the essential activities of daily living.

Generally, home care is appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home, but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends. People of all ages can benefit from home care services, including those that have:  heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, lung, muscle-nerve problems, cancer, or any other disease or illness that requires professional, paraprofessional, or volunteer services. Home care services can be provided in the client’s home which is any place they define as “home”. This may be a single family dwelling, an apartment, an assisted living facility, a group home, a residential housing facility, adult day care,  or congregate living environment in which the client's basic needs are met.

"Introduction to Home Care: Accessing Services" by Jennifer Sorensen, Executive Director

When is home care beneficial? 

Home care is the most often requested type of health care service for those recuperating from an illness or surgery, or as an alternative to long term institutional care.  Home care is beneficial when it allows the client privacy and empowers clients and family to manage their health needs on an ongoing basis.  Family members often require additional support and education in order to provide the best possible care for their loved one. 

Home care is determined to be valuable when the client care is provided safely within the physical means of the environment and safety of the client.

Where is home care provided?

Home care may be provided in a place or residence including but not limited to the following: Single family home, apartment, assisted living, adult foster home, adult day care, a relative's home, or congregate housing residence. Home care is not usually provided in an institutional setting such as a long-term care facility or hospital, unless an arrangement has been made for private duty nursing by the client or family.


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