What is Home Care?

Home care is any type of care provided in the patient's home. The main goal of home care is to help older individuals live independently in their homes while feeling safe and comfortable. 9 out of 10 older adults have expressed a strong preference to "age in place" or stay in their own homes.

Home care is a valuable resource when an older individual experiences an injury, surgery, or is suffering from a chronic illness. Home care is a bridge between leaving the hospital or skilled facility and becoming independent at home.

Home care can refer to two different types of care: non-medical home care, and medical home health care.

Non-medical home care:

Home Health Aides: help patients who are disabled, chronically ill, cognitively impaired or just have difficulty getting around.  Home health aides are certified and typically do long term support, meal preparations, home-making, and basic medical care.

Foot/Toenail Care: A Registered Nurse (RN) will come to your home and take the time to examine your feet.  The RN will trim your toenails, inspect, and lotion your feet.  Many seniors and individuals with disabilities find it difficult to care for their own feet.  Home foot care will help maintain healthy feet, monitor foot status, and provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience in your home or a convenient location.

Medical Home Health Care:

Skilled Nursing: A registered nurse (RN) will provide home teachings and communication with physicians, family, and community resources. Services may include management of pain, chronic conditions, and diabetes. IV therapy can also be administered when it is safe and appropriate to do so. Complex nursing can assist with wounds, colostomies, urostomies, and ileostomies

Physical Therapy: The physical therapy team provides care to individuals who have functional challenges resulting from falls and fractures, joint replacements, arthritis, amputations, heart conditions, and respiratory complications. The therapy team works with family and community resources to maximize the client’s rehabilitation process. Physical therapy can help with pain management, generalized weakness, stroke and cardiac recovery, and joint replacement rehab.

Occupational Therapy: The occupational therapy team can help restore or maintain the ability to perform tasks used in daily living and provide the equipment and encouragement to increase self-help and homemaking skills. Occupational therapy can provide assistance for daily activities, cognitive testing, and home safety evaluations.

While the multiple types of home care may serve different needs, they share a common goal: to enable happier, more independent living for the people receiving care, and to provide support and peace of mind for their families.