What is Home Care?
Home care is a more personalized alternative to nursing homes and assisted living
facilities. It provides services such as personal care, homemaking, companionship and
more to individuals living at home, so they can remain comfortable and independent for
as long as possible.
Home Care vs Home Health
Home health is typically short-term medical services administered in the home to treat
an illness or injury. This type of medical assistance is usually provided by a registered
nurse, physical, occupational or speech therapist. Home care agencies are often
requested to provide supplemental care as the patient transitions.
Who is a Good Candidate for Home Care?
Home care can be beneficial for individuals who are getting older, are chronically ill, are
recovering from a surgery or are disabled. Perhaps your loved one needs assistance with
day-to-day tasks but does not need to be in a nursing home or hospital. Home care could
be the right fit for them.
What Types of Home Care Services Are Available?
Home care looks different for everyone. Each individuals needs are unique, and home
care can be tailored to fit those needs. Depending on what your loved ones needs are,
caregiving services can be available 24-hours a day or a few hours each week. Some of
the services include:
Bathing, Grooming, Dressing
Toileting and Incontinence
Repositioning to Avoid Bedsores
Transportation to and from Medical Appointments
The Importance of Home Care
Home care is a valuable option for
an individual who desires to maintain
their independence and continue
their life in the comfort of their home.
A study done by the AARP showed that
90% of individuals over age 65 want to
stay at home as long as possible.
Hobbies and Projects
Outings and Events
Morning Wake-Up &
Assistance with Attending Religious Services
Grocery Shopping, Cooking and Clean-up
Errands and Shopping
Light Housekeeping, Laundry and Ironing
Changing Bed Linens
Pet and Plant Care
Home Care Interventions for Patients being discharged for Heart Attack
Research shows that 19.9% of individuals who have suffered from a heart attack (AMI) will
be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days (www.beckershospitalreview.com). There
are things that can be done to prevent a readmission to the hospital. Home care can help
provide services so another trip to the hospital isnt as likely.
Our agency uses evidence-based practices that are proven to reduce the risk of
readmission and promote the health of those who have recently had a heart attack: