what is homecare or hospice care?

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introduction to home care

Homecare or heath care services comprises of any professional support services that enables a person to live comfortably at home. Homecare or hospice services can support someone who is aging and requires assistance to live independently at an age surrounded by diseases or someone who is managing chronic health difficulties, someone recovering from a medical setback, or someone with special requirements or a disability. Professional caregivers, like home nurses, aides, and therapists, offer either short-term or long-term in home care, depending on the requirements of the individual.

brief about types of services

Home health care services are available to patients in a wide range of settings and circumstances. 

Depending on the patient’s circumstances, treatment may range from nursing care to professional medical services including laboratory workups. Your medical treatment or plan of care, as well as any home support you may require, will be decided by you and your doctor. At-home care services include the following:

Medical attention

A doctor may visit a patient at home to diagnose and treat an illness (es). A home health care professional may similarly conduct periodic reviews of the patient’s home care needs.

Nursing assistance

Nursing care may involve wound dressing, ostomy care, intravenous treatment, medication administration, monitoring the patient’s overall health, pain control, and other health assistance.

Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy

If a friend or loved one has been seriously injured or has experienced a serious illness, he or she may need help learning how to do everyday tasks again or improving his or her voice. A physical therapist can devise a treatment plan to assist a patient in regaining or strengthening use of muscles and joints. Occupational therapists can help patients with physical or developmental problems overcome their limitations by teaching them how to do things such as eat and bathe. A speech therapist can help a patient who is having trouble talking coherently.

Social and medical services

Social workers in medical settings provide counseling and access to community resources to help patients recover. If a patient’s medical condition requires coordination of several services and the patient is unable to make all the necessary appointments, social workers often serve as case managers.

Home Health Aides 

Homecare health aides can assist the patient with basic personal requirements including getting out of bed, walking, showering, and clothing. Some aides have obtained specific training to help with more specialized care while being supervised by a home nurse.

Care for the homemaker or minimal aid

While a patient is receiving medical treatment at home, a homemaker or someone who assists with duties or responsibilities may keep the household running by preparing meals, doing laundry, routine shopping like buying grocery, and other housekeeping activities.


Some seniors who are alone at home may require the company of another person to give comfort and monitoring. Many companions may indeed help out around the house.

Volunteer assistance

Volunteers from community groups can give basic comfort to patients by giving companionship, assistance with personal care, transportation, psychological support, and/or assistance with paperwork.

Nutritional assistance

Dietitians can visit patients in their homes to provide counseling and nutritional evaluations that may help supplement the patients’ treatment plan.

X-ray and laboratory imaging

Certain laboratory procedures, like tests of blood and urine, can be completed at the patient’s own home. Furthermore, portable X-ray devices enable lab personnel to conduct this service at their homes.

Services related to pharmaceuticals

Medicine and medical supplies might be delivered to your house. If the patient need it, instruction on how to take medications or utilize equipment, including intravenous treatment, can be offered.

advantages of hospice or home care

Home health care can provide a number of Homecare health care services in your own home for medical and non-medical reasons, such as helping a family member stay connected with friends and family. It’s generally less expensive and more convenient than a hospital or skilled nursing facility. The elderly and people with disabilities can stay in their own homes while receiving the same services as they would in an assisted living facility. Family members are encouraged to be involved in the caregiving process and help the caregiver meet their loved one’s goals.

  • Healthy recovery
  • Familiar surroundings
  • Personalized care
  • Medication Management
  • companionship

examples – when we may need hospice care

Home care is a way of helping someone stay in their home as they get older or have chronic illness, recover from surgery or a disability. Home care for an illness, disease, or disability—including tracheostomy and ventilator care—can be provided in a short- or long-term manner. 

Someone with Alzheimer’s disease, parkinsons or any other. 


Still considering if home care or a facility such as assisted living is a better choice? Home care services of Portia can assist you!

Our consultants are here to assist you in selecting the best solution for your (or your loved one’s) lifestyle and individual needs. We believe in offering excellent, safe living while assisting seniors in remaining as independent as possible and enjoying meaningful lives. We are dedicated to assisting seniors in remaining physically, cognitively, and emotionally active.

Find us on our website or call us to get in touch with our adviser to know more about which setting may be ideal for you (or your loved one).

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