Home health care is medical care that’s provided right in a patient’s home. This service allows
patients to receive medical care and assistance while still maintaining their independence,
privacy and dignity. It is especially beneficial for elderly patients, those with chronic illnesses or
autoimmune conditions that put them at high risk for disease, people with disabilities, and
individuals recovering from surgery or illness. The goal of home health care is to provide
patients with personalized, high-quality care that meets their specific medical needs.
Who needs home health care?
One of the main benefits of home health care is that it allows patients to receive the care they
need right in the comfort of their own home. This can be especially important for patients who
have difficulty leaving their homes due to anxiety or mobility issues. Elderly patients may feel
more comfortable in their own surroundings or may not have transportation means to get
treatment. In-home physical therapy may be ideal for patients who have been injured or
affected by illness but are unable to drive. And post-surgical patients may be cleared for
discharge from the hospital but may still need wound care from an in-home private nurse.
Home health aides can include assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing,
dressing, and grooming, as well as medical care such as medication management and physical
In addition to providing medical care and support, home health care can also help to improve
the quality of life for patients and their families. Companion aides can provide emotional
support and companionship, which can help to alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation, a
common issue in elderly care or for patients who cannot leave home. Personal care aides can
also help with light household tasks like cooking, cleaning, and shopping – reducing the burden
on family members.
What type of home health care services are there?
Home health care services can be provided by a variety of healthcare professionals, including
private duty nursing, infusion therapists (and pediatric infusion therapists), physical therapists,
wound care, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, speech therapists,
social workers, home health aides and elder care specialists. These professionals work together
to create a personalized care plan for each patient, considering their medical needs, personal
preferences, and the resources available in their home. If needed, 24-hour live-in aids can be
arranged for a patient with around-the-clock medical needs.
A home health care agency like Hope Home Care can help provide patients with personalized,
high-quality care in the comfort of their own homes. Our Medicaid experts can work with
families to give you the best options and help determine eligibility and the right program for
you. Whether you’re recovering from an illness or surgery, managing a chronic condition, or
simply need assistance with activities of daily living, home health care can help to improve your
quality of life and help you maintain your independence.