Home care

Each year, more than 22,000 agencies nationwide provide home care services to more than two million people with physical disabilities, chronic health problems, dementia, or terminal illnesses. As the population ages, the number of home care agencies will continue to grow.

What is home care?

Home care typically refers to non-medical services that assist individuals with activities of daily living. Home care is an increasingly popular choice for care because it enables individuals to remain in their own environments, and can also be a lifesaver for caregivers.

What types of services are available for seniors living at home?

  • Homemaker Services – Can include help with cooking, light cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, and other household chores.

  • Personal Care – Assistance with a variety of daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, toilet use, grooming and eating.

  • Companionship – From daily telephone calls from a "buddy," to a daily "friendly" visitor, to round-the-clock paid companions.

  • Home Health Care – Skilled care that can include nursing; speech, occupational, physical, or respiratory therapy; home health aides, and social work or psychiatric care.

  • Adult Day Care – Daily, facility-based programs in a community center setting for seniors who need monitoring or companionship during the day.

  • Activity Groups – Games, trips, shopping outings, and other stimulating group activities.

  • Respite Care - A trained volunteer or para-professional stays with your loved one and takes over your caregiving role, whether for several hours or several days. These brief reprieves from a caregiving situation are healthy for the caregiver and also for the care recipient…a change of daily routine for both.

  • Live-in Help - Home care best suited to long-distance caregiving or other situations in which the primary caregiver can't be there in person and the senior needs round-the-clock support. Room, board and, in many cases, a salary, is provided in exchange for meal preparation, light housekeeping, and other non-medical services.

  • Hospice Care – Medical, social, and emotional services for the terminally ill and their families. 

  • Support Groups – Support for issues about aging, peer companionship, illness-based support, groups for caregivers, grief support and many others to help seniors experiencing life changes or specific challenges.