Did You Know?
Medicare home care must be ordered by a physician and have a plan in place to improve or stabilize the patient's health.
Downloadable Tools and Tips:
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Click the links below to access resource websites to learn more about the basics of home care.
Compare cost of home care with other long-term care options
US News and World Report reports on the seventh annual cost of care survey by GenWorth Financial, a major seller of long-term care insurance.
When is home care appropriate?
This site provides an informational article plus links to other articles on helping one determine when home care is appropriate.
A home health care primer
The National Family Caregivers Association provides this excellent overview of home care.
Explaining Medicare home health care
This is the official US Government booklet about Medicare home health care benefits for people with original Medicare.
What’s the difference between home care and home health care?
A simple comparison chart shows how home health care and home care differ.
Information to help determine which type of home care is most appropriate
Although this downloadable PDF is about Michigan specifically, it is a good explanation of the differences in home care and home health care and gives some good examples of how to determine which one is appropriate for care needs.
Differences between full service home care agencies, private hires and referral agencies
Within the scope of care when paying for services, this article gives a good explanation of the differences in hiring an agency and using independent contractors or referral/registries.
Private Duty Home Care industry fact sheet
This fact sheet on home care paid for privately is an up to date report on the industry with some good statistics about aging and the growing need for home care.