Seven Myths about Home Health Care

For most part we all want to grow old in our own home. However, many need assistance or support in order to do so. There are many misconceptions about senior care options. This makes a hard decision even harder when the time comes.

Here are some of the common myths about home health care and the facts that debunk them:

Myth #1 – Home Health Care Is Too Expensive

This is a false statement. Home health care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance providers. Home health care can often be confused with private personal home care. These are two difference services.

Myth #2 – Home Health Care Is Lower Quality Than a Facility

This statement could not be further from the truth. According to the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services “home health care is just as effective as care received in the hospital or nursing facility.” Home care and home health care agencies employ licensed, certified and skilled professionals. These professionals provide similar care to that of a hospital in a one-on-one setting at home.

In addition to having a licensed medical professional care for you, you are also receiving this care in the comfort of your own home. This alone helps elevate the mood of patients and increase their rate of recovery.

Myth #3 – Home Health Care Will Cause Me to Lose Independence

The opposite is true. One of the main purposes of home health care is to preserve the patient’s independence while providing care. Home health aides or home health professionals will not hinder your independence.

Myth #4 – I Can’t Trust Bringing Someone Into My Home

The fact is that home care and home health care agencies run background checks and screenings. This helps to ensure the professional in your home is trustworthy. Our home health aides are quick to build relationships with their patients and put their fears at ease.

Myth #5 – I Don’t Need It I Have a Family Caregiver

Family caregivers are an important part of keeping you safe. Home health aides do not replace family caregivers. However, they can offer additional support. For example, a nurse can provide wound care that a family member cannot. Or a home health aide can be available for your needs when your family caregiver is away.

Myth #6 – You Must Have Nursing Care for Home Health Care

This is not true. Many home health care patients even if they do not require medical care or physical therapy.

Myth #7 – You Must Be Extremely Ill for Home Care

You do not need to be bedridden in order to received home health care. Home health care providers do care for people with serious chronic illnesses. However, they do also treat people recovering from surgery, illness or injuries. For example, your doctor might refer you to a home health care agency after being discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation center.

Home health care is a game changer for so many people. Sadly, myths do keep people from pursuing home care as an option. If you or a loved one is interested in home care services call 888-288-8826 or visit us for a free virtual consultation.