One of the fastest-growing segments of healthcare
“Home care” is a simple phrase that encompasses a wide range of health and social services delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill people.
Generally, home care is appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends.
In recent years, more elderly, disabled, and recuperating patients are choosing to receive care in their homes. Nearly 79 percent of all people who need long-term care live at home or in community settings with the aid of a family member or health care provider.
Home care agencies and visiting nurse associations (VNAs) offer skilled nursing services in the home, along with personal care services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medications and medical equipment & supplies.
Home health care is provided to recovering, disabled or chronically ill people in need of medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment, as well as assistance with the essential activities of daily living.
Hospice care is focused on helping terminally ill patients comfortably transition through their end-of-life experience, and is usually offered when life expectancy is six months or less.
Careers opportunities home care and hospice can include:
- Home Health Aides
- Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)
- Personal and Home Care Aides
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Social Workers
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Medical Coders
- Medical Billers
Since home health and hospice take a holistic approach to healthcare, healthcare workers in almost every occupation must attend to patients’ physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Patients’ families may also receive support from these service agencies.