Home care

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Homecare (also spelled as home care) is health care or supportive care provided by a professional caregiver in the individual home where the patient or client is living, as opposed to care provided in group accommodations like clinics or nursing homes.[1] Homecare is also known as domiciliary care, social care or in-home care. It comprises a range of activities, especially paramedical aid by nurses and assistance in daily living for ill, disabled or elderly people.[2]

Clients receiving home health care may incur lower costs, receive equal to better care, and have increased satisfaction in contrast to other settings. [3]

Occasionally, palliative and end-of-life care can be provided through home health nursing. [3]

Home health nurses may assist patients with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, toileting, and feeding, or they direct and supervise the aide in providing ADL care. [4] Nurses keep track of vital signs, carry out physician orders, draw blood, document the tasks they perform and the patient’s health status, and communicate between the patient, family, and physician. [4]

Some nurses travel to multiple homes per day and provide short visits to multiple patients, while others may stay with one patient for a certain amount of time per day [4].

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  1. ^ "Home Care Services". medlineplus.gov. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  2. ^ "In-home care services definition". Aged Care Guide. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b Landers, Steven; Madigan, Elizabeth; Leff, Bruce; Rosati, Robert J.; McCann, Barbara A.; Hornbake, Rodney; MacMillan, Richard; Jones, Kate; Bowles, Kathryn; Dowding, Dawn; Lee, Teresa (2016-10-05). "The Future of Home Health Care". Home Health Care Management & Practice. 28 (4): 262–278. doi:10.1177/1084822316666368. ISSN 1084-8223. PMC 5052697. PMID 27746670.
  4. ^ a b c "Home Healthcare Nurse Careers and Salary Outlook | 2020 NurseJournal.org". NurseJournal. 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-07-17.