Million of senior Americans receive care right in their own homes.

Home care is generally defined as medical and non-medical support services delivered within this home. Home care may be appropriate if a senior prefers to stay at home but needs minor assistance with activities of daily living.

Choosing the path of home care as a senior care option enables seniors to remain at home longer rather than enter a nursing home or an assisted living community.

Typically, there are two types of home care services. One is a skilled service provider, which provides various medical care needs. More commonly, custodial care providers offer in-home assistance activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation. Such home care may also extend to assistance with transportation, paying bills, making appointments, and simply being there to provide companionship and emotional support.

Home care services are generally available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are sometimes paid for directly by the client or through a variety of public and private funding sources such as Medicare and/or Medicaid.

For additional information on home care, review our detailed Choosing Home Care Services article.

For immediate list of home care providers in your area, simply search the OurParents directory on this page.

Questions about In-Home Care
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