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About Home Health Care

By Megan C @ LivingSenior - January 18, 2013

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Home health care, which is usually funded by Medicare, allows seniors to get the care they need while still remaining at home. After retirement age, many seniors find that they want to keep living at home where they have probably lived for many years and feel comfortable. However, if they live alone it can be difficult getting the right kind of care as well as expensive. This is where home health care agencies and staff come in. They will provide seniors with care in the comfort of their own home.

Affording Home Health Care

There are a variety of ways to pay for home health care, but it is mostly provided by Medicare of private insurance. Insurance companies and Medicare usually pay for home health care services on a short-term basis, such as shortly after a medical condition or surgery. However if the senior needs long-term home health care, they may need to use private funds for paying for the remainder of the health care services.

Services Provided

A variety of services are provided to seniors receiving home health care including medical, therapy, and daily duties such as housekeeping, dressing, bathing, transportation, laundry, shopping, toileting, meals and more. The needs of the senior will dictate what types of services are available with home health care. The following lists the main services offered: Medical Care – Medical services are provided as part of home health care by nurses and physicians. Physician care includes basic care that can be done at home such as check-ups, diagnosing, and treating when the senior is unable to make it to the doctor’s office or hospital. Nurses provide more care services at home including IV therapy, administering medication, dressing wounds, monitoring vitals, controlling pain and other services. Therapy – Home health care services also include therapies including physical, speech and occupational therapy. This is done by experienced professionals such as physical or speech therapists. They are licensed and work with the home health care agency, visiting different homes when they’re needed. Physical therapists may also help with things other than therapy, such as bathing, toileting or dressing. Personal Care – The personal care aspect of home health care includes basic daily activities someone might not be able to handle on their own, such as toileting, bathing, eating and cooking, dressing, walking, getting out of bed, running errands, grocery shopping, housekeeping and laundry, and similar activities. Some of these activities might be handles by an attendant care employee such as housekeeping and errands, while the personal care worker does a job similar to a caregiver such as bathing and dressing.