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    • Assistive Equipment for the Home

      Assistive equipment includes shower seats and bathtub mats; walkers, canes, and wheelchairs; and telephones for the hearing-impaired.

    • Being a Caregiver

      "Formal" caregivers are paid for their services and have had training and education in providing care. "Informal" caregivers, also called family caregivers, are people who provide care to family or friends, usually without payment.

    • Choosing a Provider

      When looking for a home health and hospice care provider, consider quality of care, availability of services, personnel training and expertise, and payer coverage.

    • Elder Care

      Elder care encompasses a wide variety of issues, including choosing an appropriate doctor to care for an aging patient, and making decisions about moving an elderly adult from the home environment to a residential care setting.

    • Glossary - Home Health, Hospice, and Elder Care

      Glossary of terms relating to home health, hospice, and elder care

    • Grief and Loss

      Grief moves in and out of stages from disbelief and denial, to anger and guilt, to finding a source of comfort, to eventually adjusting to the loss.

    • Home Health Care Overview

      Many types of medical and social home health care services are available: nursing care, physical therapy, pharmacy services, transportation, and home-delivered meals.

    • Home Health Care Statistics

      Medical conditions that most frequently require home health care include diabetes, heart failure, chronic ulcer of the skin, osteoarthritis, and hypertension.

    • Home Page - Home Health, Hospice, and Elder Care

      Detailed information on home health, hospice, and elder care, including types of provides, paying for care, and choosing a provider

    • Hospice Care Overview

      Hospice care usually involves relieving symptoms and providing psychological and social support for the patient and family. The goal of hospice care is to provide the terminally ill patient peace, comfort, and dignity.

    • Hospice Care Statistics

      Less than half of hospice recipients are cancer patients. The five leading non-cancer conditions admitted to hospice are end-stage heart disease, dementia, feebleness, lung disease, and end-stage renal disease.

    • Making the Home Environment Safe

      Here are some suggestions: Make sure lighting in hallways and on stairs is adequate. Secure area rugs to prevent falls and slips. Outdoors, make certain railings, gates, and fences are secure and in good repair.

    • Online Resources - Home Health, Hospice, and Elder Care

      List of online resources to find additional information on home health, hospice, and elder care

    • Palliative Care Methods for Controlling Pain

      The biggest problem with palliative care is that many people are referred for care too late. By starting this type of care early, and by using the right type of pain management, nearly all pain problems can be relieved or reduced.

    • Patient Rights

      If you are unhappy with the home health or hospice care you are receiving, you should notify the provider's administrator, your state health department, and the Better Business Bureau.

    • Paying for Home Health and Hospice Care

      Home health care services may be paid for directly by the patient, through insurance coverage, or through other public or private sources. Most hospice care programs are provided to the patient regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

    • Topic Index - Home Health, Hospice, and Elder Care

      Detailed information on home health, hospice, and elder care, including types of provides, paying for care, and choosing a provider

    • Types of Home Health and Hospice Care Providers

      Home health and hospice care can be provided by many different types of organizations, agencies, companies, and individuals. Choosing the service that is right for your family requires some research.

    • Types of Home Health Care Services

      The range of home health care services a patient can receive at home is limitless. Care can range from nursing care to specialized medical services such as laboratory work-ups.

    • Types of Hospice Care Services

      The goal of hospice is to provide comfort and care, not "cure" the illness or disease. Types of hospice care services provided depend on the patient's needs and preferences.