Is Home Health Care Right for You?

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Home health care worker and an elderly couple
There was a time when doctors made house calls, but that era is in the past. However, home health care — also known as in-home or domiciliary care — is becoming increasingly popular to help the elderly or disabled manage their daily living. But is it right for you?
Benefits
Caring for the elderly or disabled in a familiar and comfortable home keeps them feeling secure. They are surrounded by family and generally have their needs met by their own adult children. Additional caregivers may be brought in to ensure that their medical needs are being met. Home health care also offers the patient greater personal freedom and a larger role in their care.
Disadvantages
While home care keeps the patient in a loving environment, it may not the ideal place to meet all of their needs. You may not be able to provide the intensive grooming and close supervision that a loved one requires. Also, your loved one’s physical limitations may make a home unsafe for them to get around. Adding wheelchair ramps, bars to help them in and out of the shower or tub and other aids to keep them from falling can become costly. Weigh the expense of these aids and your ability to provide the right care.
Where to find it
There are dozens of home health care options to meet a variety of needs. Here are a few:
National Association of Home Care and Hospice
Professional Healthcare Resources
Home Health Agency Center

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