According to a study conducted at the Ohio State University, there are more than 33,000 home health care providers in the United States, offering assistance to approximately 12 million people. Nearly 70% of the home health care patients are over the age of 65, and a large percentage (about 64%) are women. Home health care providers offer a wide range of services, including care related to diabetes, Alzheimer’s’, osteoarthritis, cancer, hypertension and heart conditions.
Home health care employees are typically registered or licensed practical nurses, but may also include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and dietitians. Many home health care providers combine medical services with life assistance services, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation to medical or other appointments, medication management and companionship.
The benefits of home health care have long been known. Treatment in the home means that many people do not have to go into hospital, convalescent or other institutional long-term nursing care facilities, places where they will be unfamiliar with surroundings, or feel isolated. With in-home health care treatment, a patient can go about his or her life in a normal fashion, stopping only to receive necessary treatment. Because of familiarity with surroundings, there is less likelihood of injury due to tripping, slipping or falling. In addition, there are substantial psychological benefits to being in one’s own home.
Contact the Professionals at Star Multi Care
At Star Multicare, we provide a full range of in-home health care services, and also work with people in assisted living or other residential care facilities. To learn more about the ways we can help you and your loved ones, contact us online or call our office at (877)920-0600