What is Home Care?

Home care includes any professional support services that allow a person to live safely in their home. In-home care services can help someone who is aging and needs assistance to live independently; is managing chronic health issues; is recovering from a medical setback; or has special needs or a disability. Professional caregivers such as nurses, aides, and therapists provide short-term or long-term care in the home, depending on a person’s needs.

The care you need in the place you love

Home care can be the key to achieving the highest quality of life possible. It can enable safety, security, and increased independence; it can ease management of an ongoing medical condition; it can help avoid unnecessary hospitalization; it can aid with recovery after an illness, injury, or hospital stay—all through care given in the comfort and familiarity of home. Home care can include:

  • Help with daily activities such as dressing and bathing
  • Assistance with safely managing tasks around the house
  • Companionship
  • Therapy and rehabilitative services
  • Short- or long-term nursing care for an illness, disease, or disability—including tracheostomy and ventilator care

Types of home care

Not all home care providers offer all the different types of home care services. This short guide will provide an overview of the different types of home care. Care is customized to your individual needs and may include services from one or more of the types described. Contacting a provider to discuss your needs can help determine what care is best for you.

While the multiple types of home care may serve different needs, they share a common goal: to enable happier, more independent living for the people receiving care, and to provide support and peace of mind for their families.
Types of home care

What services may I benefit from? How do I know if I should consider in-home care as an option for myself or a loved one?

Admitting that you need help is never easy, especially as you age. Often, family members will be the ones who need to be on the lookout for signs that it is time to bring in some extra support. If you or a loved one are struggling with activities of daily living or with some of the examples listed below, it may be time to look into various in-home services near you.

  • Poor diet or weight loss
  • Spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away
  • Little or no fresh food in the pantry or fridge
  • Dirty laundry that is not getting done
  • Dirty house or extreme clutter
  • A strong smell of urine either in the house or on clothing
  • Wet spots on furniture
  • Forgetfulness, including forgetting when to take medications, or what dosage
  • Unpleasant body odor
  • Infrequent showering or bathing
  • Poor judgment
  • Sleeping the majority of the day
  • Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Extreme changes in mood