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What is Home Care?

Nov 30, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of San Marcos

Often called as Social Care or Domiciliary Care, Home Care is simply defined as the supportive care provided at home. This kind of care allows a person with needs to be able to stay at home and for their family to be able to supervise their health and also be able to save the amount of money they would otherwise spend on hospitalization charges. 

Home Care is mostly for people who are chronically ill, are getting older, are recovering from some sort of a surgery or are disabled. Home care services include personal services, such as providing help in taking baths, general cleaning such as washing of hair or getting dressed; performing household chores such as cleaning, laundry or preparing food for the care-receiver; health care in the form of a home health aide visiting your home.

Home care often refers to different fields of care from a wide range of contexts. Often, the term home health care is used to differentiate it from custodial care, private-duty care or non-medical care, which refers to the assistance and services provided by people who are not professional nurses, doctors or other professionally trained medical personnel. For a terminally ill patient, home care means hospice care, which refers to providing palliative care to people suffering from terminal illnesses, resulting in impromptu shortening of life. Hospice care also includes care given to providing relief from the symptoms, pain and physical stress brought on by these illnesses. On the other hand, for people recovering from a surgery or illness, home care means to provide rehabilitative therapies to ease the pain and to help in the gradual transition into a healthy lifestyle for the patient. The lion’s share of home care services is made up of both licensed and non-licensed non-medical personnel, including caregivers who assist the individual perform daily chores and their basic tasks. As these services help the client in staying at home, instead of being admitted to a medical facility, these services are paid for the individual or by their family.

As we are stepping into the future of healthcare services and the life expectancy of people are increasing daily, individuals typically wish to stay independent and utilize home care services to maintain their already existing lifestyle. Also, government and insurance providers have also started venturing into this kind of care as an alternative to facility care as this kind of care is often a lower cost solution to long-term care facilities.

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