Health Information

Home Health, Hospice, and Elder Care

  • Assistive Equipment for the Home

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

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

  • Home Healthcare Overview

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

  • Paying for Home Health and Hospice Care

    Home healthcare 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Pressure Ulcers

    Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores or pressure sores, can develop when you are confined to a bed or chair.

  • Palliative Care: Bringing Comfort

    Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by improving the symptoms of his or her illness, such as pain, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping. It's used with a variety of ailments, including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure, or congestive heart failure.