What is Home Care?
Home care services include health and social services that are delivered at home to people with a broad scope of needs including medical, nursing, social or therapeutic treatment, and assistance with essential daily activities like bathing, toileting, and eating. Generally, home care is appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home but needs ongoing nursing and supportive care that cannot easily or effectively be provided by family and friends alone.
Home care helps people young and old that want to stay at home receive the care that they need in their preferred setting. It is widely recognized that home care service delivery costs much less than delivering like services in a hospital or institutional setting like a nursing home.
Who receives care at home?
More and more older Americans are electing to live independent, non-institutionalized lives and are receiving home care services as their physical capabilities diminish.
Younger adults who are disabled or recuperating from acute illness are choosing home care whenever possible.
Chronically ill infants, children, and adults are receiving sophisticated medical treatment by highly trained clinicians in their loving and secure home environments.
Adults and children diagnosed with terminal illnesses are being cared for at home, receiving compassionate care and maintaining dignity at the end of life.
As hospital stays decrease, increasing numbers of patients need highly skilled services when they return home. Other patients are able to avoid institutionalization altogether, receiving safe and effective care in the comfort of their own homes.
More than 12 million Americans receive home care each year, and that number continues to grow as our populations age.
What are the issues that the home care industry faces?
Despite the fact that many people in government and regulatory positions agree that home health care is the cost-effective, patient-preferred service, it continues to be prioritized below institutional care. Not investing in home care will decrease the supply of qualified workers, increase turnover, and compromise the quality of home care services for those in need of care.
That’s why we created the
Hearts for Home Care program. The more voices in support of home care, the better we can protect the industry and the millions of US residents in need of this care.
Learn more about the issues that the home care industry faces and how you can be a part of the solution by reading our blog