Home healthcare agencies provide a range of services for patients, including observing activities following surgery or hospitalization, nutritional counseling, pain management and medicine dispensing. Home healthcare agencies provide care that equals what patients would receive in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) or even hospitals, say experts at Medicare. Agencies offer comprehensive care that includes physical and emotional pain management, social services and diet planning.
As with other professional healthcare organizations, home healthcare agencies assign trained professionals to oversee the healthcare needs of one or more patients. Unlike other care facilities, however, home healthcare agencies send professionals to patients' homes, rather than having patients travel to the facility.
Patients should seek Medicare-certified services for care, say authors at Haven Home Health. These facilities generally provide either nursing services or therapy services. Nursing facilities deal primarily with wound care and healing. They apply dressings, dispense medication, help manage pain and offer self-care instructions for patients. Practitioners are often assigned to cases needing specific care, such as heart disease and diabetes. Therapy facilities support recovery efforts through physical therapy and strengthening exercises. Practitioners might help patients relearn simple tasks such as moving extremities, swallowing and speaking. They also counsel patients on diet and nutrition and help patients safely perform daily tasks like showering and cleaning.