What is Home Care?
More than 7.6 million Americans receive Home Care, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The number is much greater when you consider that it does not include informal care which is care given by a friend or family member.
Home Care is generally defined as non-medical support services delivered at the home of the senior. The aim of Senior Home Care is to allow seniors to remain at home longer, rather than enter an assisted living community, nursing home or other type of senior care. Home Care may be appropriate if a senior prefers to stay at home but needs minor assistance with activities of daily living.
Activities of daily living include bathing, dressing, and meal preparation but may also extend to assistance with transportation, paying bills, making appointments, and simply being there to provide companionship and emotional support. Home Care services are generally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be paid for directly by the client or through a variety of public and private funding sources such as Medicare and/or Medicaid.
Who benefits from Home Care?
- Seniors with short-term medical conditions including recovery from accidents, illnesses, and surgery.
- Seniors with chronic medical conditions requiring ongoing care and supervision such as; diabetes, emphysema, hypertension and stroke.
- Seniors in need of assistance with the activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding and transferring).
- Seniors in need of supervision due to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
- Seniors with terminal illnesses.
- Family and friends who require supportive or respite assistance.