Home care is where patients want to be. When people are asked where they prefer to receive care, home is the number one answer. Home care helps people stay in the comfort and security of their own homes to receive the health care they need. Home care agencies are expanding their services to meet the increasing demand, particularly with the aging baby boomer population. Today, home care agencies are able to deliver more care to more people than ever before.
Home care offers a range of medical and support services
The term "home care" describes the range of both medical and supportive services designed to bolster the post-acute, chronically ill, disabled, and elderly populations that home care providers serve. For these people, homemaking, personal care for nutrition and hygiene, and adaptive devices to prevent slips and falls are as important to their rehabilitation and functioning as the more sophisticated health technologies that are also delivered at home. Both in-home clinical care and support services are cost effective by reducing hospital stays and by preventing or delaying institutionalization in a nursing home.
Home care is essential at every stage of life
Home care is more than care for the elderly. Home care agencies deliver a wide range of services for many types of people:
Newborns requiring follow-up care after discharge.
New mothers who need care after being discharged quickly following childbirth.
Post-surgical patients needing assistance with wound and other care.
Disabled children and adults who need both personal and health-related services.
Seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living
Chronically ill patients who are supported with skilled supervision, support services and equipment.
Home care delivers for New Yorkers
New York’s Medicaid home care program provides a wide range of services to the homebound, sick, and elderly throughout the State. Thousands of New York State residents purchase home care services privately and others receive home care services through private insurance coverage in both indemnity and managed care benefit plans.
Home care is a cost-effective health care solution
Home care is a vital and central part of the cost-effective delivery of health care services. The average home care visit costs significantly less than a day of nursing home or in-patient hospital care. Clearly, home care is the solution to increasing health care costs, offering opportunities for achieving real cost savings for a broad variety of people.