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ELDERCARE HEALTH SERIES - In this episode Bobbie takes a look at various kinds of home health care options for the elderly and discusses how to know which is appropriate or necessary in your situation as an elderly person or as a elder-care-giver.

"Home care", "home health care" and "in-home care" are phrases that are used interchangeably in the United States to mean any type of care given to a person in their own home. Both phrases have been used in the past interchangeably regardless of whether the person requires skilled care or not. Today, with the growing number of elderly, there is a movement to distinguish between "home health care" meaning skilled nursing care and "home care" meaning non-medical care. For example, in other countries "domiciliary care" is the preferred expression for non-medical home care.

Either way home care aims to make it possible for the elderly to remain at home rather than use residential, long-term, or institutional-based care. Home care providers render services in the client's own home. These services may include some combination of professional health care services and life assistance services.

Professional home health services can include medical housecalls, psychological assessment, wound care, medication teaching, pain management, disease prevention education and management, physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy.

Other home care can include such health related services such as help with daily self care tasks, meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, housecare, conversation and companionship.

Each type of homecare offers its own important health benefits to our elder population, and this episode will show you what you can do to beneift your situation.

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