Professional home health care includes a wide range of skilled medical and support services in the home, usually under a doctor’s orders.
The goal of home health care is to treat the illness or injury, and help an individual recover, regain independence, and become self-sufficient.
Home health care is for people of all ages. It is often ordered by a doctor after a person comes home from the hospital. However, others may find it helpful:
The skilled services may include nursing care, rehabilitation therapy, case management, or nutritional advice. Home health care can also provide specialized care, including:
Home health care may also include support and assistance from a home health aide, such as with eating or preparing food, bathing and dressing, or other activities of daily living.
As hospital stays become shorter, many patients require ongoing professional medical care after they return home. Home health care provides these services, alleviating caregivers from the stress of learning or performing complex procedures that may be difficult or require care to avoid injuring their loved ones.
Home health care can be less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you’d receive in a hospital or nursing facility. Care that is provided by a certified home health care agency (such as the Visiting Nurse Service of New York) may be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance.