Home health care is typically extended health care or medical support provided by an individual caregiver within the patient’s personal home where the patient or recipient is residing, rather than primary care medical care given in a traditional clinic or nursing home settings. Home healthcare is also referred to as domiciliary care, communal care or residential care. Many home health care agencies provide both inpatient and outpatient care, but often have a limited amount of inpatient care due to a lack of staff, space or insurance coverage. Some agencies also provide temporary respite care for patients who require minimal inpatient care until they are able to find a long term or permanent home health care facility.You may want to check out Smiling Heart Home Health Care Fort Lauderdale – Oakland Park home health care for more.
The services offered by home health care agencies vary widely. Some agencies focus on geriatric, neonatal or special needs care; others provide services to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and similar debilitating mental disorders. The types of patient caregivers may vary as well, from non-medical caregivers to licensed professionals such as licensed nurses and/or therapists. Some home health care agencies also offer services to physically challenged patients. These include bathing, dressing, using restroom facilities, feeding and exercising the physically challenged patient.
When choosing an agency to provide in home health care, it is important to make sure the agency has a long standing history and is fully licensed and capable of providing personalized service. It is not uncommon for agencies to require potential caregivers to take training courses or have previous experience working with a specific type of patient. It is important to conduct thorough background research into the agency’s credentials before signing any contracts or making payments. In addition to making sure that the agency has experience working with the type of patient you need, the agency should be able to customize its services to meet your particular needs.