About Home Care
Home care agencies coordinate the efforts of a caregiving team to provide efficient, patient-centered care in the comfort of your home.
Who Provides Home Care?
Home care services are provided by home care agencies. These agencies generally fall into three main groups: home care agencies, home care aide organizations and hospices. In the past century, these public and private non-profit and for-profit organizations have centered on a core of professional nursing and home care aide services. Home care agencies also provide a variety of other services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, and social and nutritional care. Home care usually requires a team effort. Depending on a person’s needs, it may involve professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers. Before one receives home care, a specific plan of treatment should be designed by a physician, nurse, and/or medical social worker in cooperation with the people who will provide the care. The team of caregivers is usually comprised of:
- Social Workers
- Registered Nurse (RNs)
- Therapy Specialists
and Speech Therapists)
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
- Dieticians and Pharmacists
- Home Care Aides and Chore Workers/Companions
- Family Members