Private duty care. Companion care. Home healthcare. Non-medical home care. Hospice care at home. At home therapy.
The home care industry is more diverse than you may think, with a continuum of services that starts at the most basic level and continues to more advanced nursing care at the end of life. There are agency-based caregivers, and caregivers available for hire privately (read more about the differences between the two in this post).
Home care is also not just for seniors; it is a care option available to all ages, from the youngest infants to the oldest old.
Companion care is another option: a non-medical type of home care that meets an emotional, mental, spiritual or social need rather than a specific physical need that requires skilled services. Those who simply need assistance with managing the home may opt for homemaker services.
Sometimes, home care comes in the form of ancillary, or additional, services, like those described in this AARP post. For example, after an extended hospital stay, you may need physical therapy. After a prolonged illness, you may need a medical professional to check your vitals on a regular basis until you get a clean bill of health. If you’ve been diagnosed with a terminal disease, you may need someone to administer treatments. All of these services can be delivered at home.
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