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Home Health

A young, stay-at-home mother needs assistance and training in learning how to administer parenteral nutrition to her chronically ill baby.

A young child, recuperating at home after a serious illness, needs physical therapy.

A teenager, with a terminal illness, is too sick to travel to his doctor to receive pain medication.

An elderly woman, living alone on a farm, needs assistance with her household tasks as well as a friendly face to talk to.

Home health care is for people of all ages, in cities and rural areas. Home health services range from helping the smallest baby to helping the elderly who choose to live independently in their own home. Most people want to recover and rehabilitate from an illness or injury at home, where they have both comfort and security.

Home health care is an essential part of health care today. It encompasses a wide range of health and social services that may not easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends. Services range from highly skilled and technical nursing care to assistance with the essential activities of daily living. These services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically, or terminally ill persons in need of medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment.

In rural areas, home health services face their own issues such as keeping a fully trained staff, transportation issues such as distance, and keeping enough patients to support a home health agency.


For questions about CMS regulations
CMS Regional Office Rural Health Coordinators

To find home care associations in your area
Listing of state home care associations

There are more organizations related to Home Health in the organizations section.

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Last Reviewed: 10/16/2013

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