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Home Care Definitions

Cardiac Care - refers to services including patient assessment, specific diet information, and management of the disease process, medication management and education. Cardiac rehabilitation is a program designed to help a person with heart disease return to health and modify risk factors to prevent further heart damage.

Caregiver Registry Services - refer, but do not employ, independent caregivers. Clients control all aspects of the arrangement, including compensation, directly with their caregivers. Registries may include free non-profit listing services or companies that require training, bonding and insurance of their caregivers. Clients are charged a referral fee.

Diabetic Management - refers to services including patient assessment, diet information, management of the disease process, medication management and education on all of the above. Services are provided by a Registered Nurse under the supervision of an MD. Some agencies may employ certified diabetic nurse instructors or cardiac care specialty RN's.

Home Health Care - includes skilled nursing services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy,and medical social services. A home health care agency may choose to be medicare certified to be reimbursed for their services. Home health agencies may also teach you how to care for yourself.

Hospice - is a comprehensive program of care to patients and families facing a life threatening illness. Hospice emphasizes palliative rather than curative treatment. The dying are comforted. Professional medical care is given, and sophisticated symptom relief provided. Very few Home Health Agencies are also licensed for Hospital care.

In-Home Care/Personal Care - is care related to activities of daily living, including: mobility, eating, toileting, bathing and personal hygiene, dressing and grooming or cognition support. These services are typically not covered by medical insurance and do not require a physician's order.

Intravenous Therapy - is any medication treatments/medications that need to be introduced to the body via a patient's veins. Numerous IV Therapies can be provided in-home under supervision of a MD. Some of these include: inter-infective/antibiotic therapies, hydration therapy, pain management, chemotherapy and central line care and maintenance.

Medicaid Certified - A joint Federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid Certified facilities can offer services to indivduals receiving Medicaid benefits in exchange for reimbursement from Medicaid. Some people qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid (these people are called "dual eligibles").

Medical Social Services - are assistance with social and emotional concerns related to an illness, including counseling or help finding community resources.

Medicare Certified - facilities can offer services to individuals receiving Medicare benefits in exchange for reimbursement from Medicare. A Physician's order is required to be reimbursed by Medicare. Medicare is a Federal insurance health insurance program for those 65 and over, or who meet other criteria.

Nurse Delegated Tasks - A licensed registered nurse may delegate specific nursing care tasks to qualified nursing assistants in a community-based and in-homecare settings. One task taught and delegated to one caregiver for one client. Before delegating a task, the registered nurse delegator must determine that specific criteria are met and ensure that the patient is in a stable and predictable condition.

Psychiatric Services - refers to the agencies ability to offer services related to psychiatric support with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. Services may include counseling or administering of medications.

Respite Care - is short-term or temporary. It is designed to give families a break from the stress of daily caregiving. Respite care can be for a few hours, overnight, or for days. The amount of care changes with the needs of the family and the ill or disabled person.

Telemedicine - is a developing application of clinical healthcare, where medical information is transferred and assessment derived through interactive audiovisual media. Telemedicine can also be used to conduct examinations and remote medical procedures, such as: tracking blood sugar, automated blood pressure and weight checks.

Therapy Services(ST, PT, OT, RT) -

Speech Therapy - refers to services to assess and treat speech and swallowing disorders. Speech therapy can treat speech, language, cognitive skills, or swallowing.

Physical Therapy - refers to services for the treatment and rehabilitation process where a physical therapist will often stretch, strengthen, facilitate muscles, challenge balance, test coordination abilities, teach home exercise programs to enhance basic mobility skills; to help lessen disability and pain and improve overall function and quality of life.

Occupational Therapy - refers to services to assess and treat patients to help them develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Occupational therapists help cients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function.

Respiratory Therapy - refers to services for care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. It may include the therapeutic use of medical gases and their equipment, humidification, aerosols, ventilator support, bronchi pulmonary drainage and exercise and respiratory rehabilitation.


Mostly from
Retirement Connection Guide 1-800-462-1316 A community resource guide serving Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties.

and Oregon Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging and National Institutes of Health.