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November 06, 2012
Group owner Richard Martine

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Home Healthcare Services

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
Home healthcare services bring into your home some of the basic services offered by hospitals. A range of care options exist to serve almost any type of patient. Home healthcare services may be of particular help to the elderly, and to people facing chronic psychological or physical challenges.

Many patients utilize homecare because they prefer to stay at home rather than checking into an in-patient program. Others require only intermittent care or have mobility problems that prevent them from driving to the hospital or doctor's office. Home healthcare services offer a way to receive care from trained nurses and healthcare providers in the comfort of your own home.

Home healthcare professionals may monitor vital signs, administer medications, or provide wound care or physical therapy services. A distinction is usually made between home healthcare services and home care services. Home healthcare services focus on caring for the health and wellness of the patient. In contrast, home care is more focused on providing companionship and assisting with daily tasks.

Home healthcare nurses are degreed professionals certified in home healthcare. They are certified in home healthcare nursing by the American Nurses credential center. Home healthcare nurses work directly with patients in the patient's homes or in nursing homes. The typical services provided by a home healthcare nurse are managing medications, monitoring conditions and helping patients to maintain their independence. Licensed physical therapists may also make home visits as a part of a home healthcare program.

Home health aides are generally not licensed nurses, however they are certified in home health services and are able to perform basic healthcare tasks such as monitoring pulse rates and blood pressure. The agencies that coordinate home healthcare services may be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for health care. Many areas require home healthcare agencies to be licensed and accredited, but these requirements are not universal. It is important to check credentials before contracting with a home healthcare agency.

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