Home Healthcare Overview
What is home healthcare?
When you or a family member needs medical care, in some cases, this can be done at home instead of the hospital. This is known as home healthcare. It helps reduce the amount of time a person needs to be in a hospital. Home healthcare is done by a healthcare team that works toward a common goal to help the person needing care.
Home healthcare may be an option for people who are:
Home healthcare is not the right choice for everyone. In most cases, the person having care or treatment at home must be well enough to not be in a hospital.
Types of home healthcare services
There are many types of medical and social home healthcare services. A person may have 1 or more of these services:
Healthcare provider care
Physical, occupational, or speech therapy
Medical social services
Care from home health aides
Homemaker or attendant care
Medical equipment and supplies
Laboratory and X-ray imaging
Who provides home healthcare services?
Many types of agencies and companies provide home healthcare. They include:
Home health agencies
Homemaker and home care aide agencies
Pharmaceutical and infusion therapy companies
Durable medical equipment and supply dealers
Staffing registries and private duty agencies