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Medicare home care must be ordered by a physician and have a plan in place to improve or stabilize the patient's health.
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Below are links to a variety of resources that discuss home care, and have definitions and explanations of terms.
The National Association of Home Care and Hospice
Find home care providers in a specific geographic area.
The National Private Duty Association
Another resource to find home care providers in a specific geographic area.
Tips from the National Institute on Aging
“There’s No Place Like Home – For Growing Old” offers helpful advice for seniors who wish to stay in their own homes and receive care. There is even a downloadable PDF on this site that contains the same helpful information.
Research on Long-Term Care
A myriad of research has been conducted by the lead Federal agency charged with supporting and conducting health services research, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR). Some of this exhaustive research reflects on the benefits of home care versus institutional care. Access a complete list with links here.
Options for Home Care Services
Although focused on Alzheimer’s care, this informative list explains the various options for care, both in-home and institutional.
Hiring Private Duty Home Care Workers: Why Work Through an Agency?
This informative article details the pros of using an agency for privately paid in-home care services.
A Simple Explanation of Home Care
This eHow article contains an easy to understand explanation of home care and includes links to other related articles.
The SPRY (Setting Priorities for Retirement Years) Foundation
The SPRY Foundation works with partner organizations to translate evidence-based research into applied settings; and, based on such experiences, develops strategies and policies that have national implications.
The Family Caregiving Alliance as a Resource
This organization presents an overview of the different options available to caregivers and persons with cognitive disorders and other chronic health conditions. Organizations listed throughout this site can help locate specific services. A good explanation of different types of assistance is listed here.
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice recently launched HelpUsChooseHome.com to help promote access to home care and hospice services.