Hospitalization for recovery after terminal illness is too expansive in the United States. Data indicates that informal home care by family and friends has common occurrence for long past but in changing scenario, delivery of formal patient home care by professional care giving services has gained importance for past few decades. Home health care can either be referred by a physician or it can be requested by the family members but physician’s advice is always recommended. The emergence of home care agencies like Standards Home Health has been boosted by facilities that are not possible in informal home care but are made available in informal system. The informal home care giving system has recognition from the federal government and is governed by the state governments.

Home health care in United States

As per estimates provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), there are more than 8000 home health care agencies in this country that serve nearly 2.5 million people, especially disabled and elderly, and most burden of home health care is borne by the government through Medicare reimbursement. Thus, home health care can’t be seen as an expansive system compared to hospitalization but is safer from the perspective of quality care.

Goals of home health care system

The major goal of home health care system is to offer greater independence to patient while staying in home environment in the presence of family members. This creates sense of security for the patient that helps in faster recovery. The services under this type of formal care system include nursing care, various therapies (physical, occupational, and speech therapy), and medical social services. The goal of formal home health care as reflected in site is to promote the patient’s well-being to optimal level. Home care is seen as the better health care from every angle; from patient, family of patient, and physician’s perspectives in the United States.