You should discuss with your doctor and/or social worker if you are hospitalized, whether home care is right for you. They will be able to refer you to a home care agency that can provide the right kind of care in the comfort of your own home.

Make sure you choose the best home care agency by discussing your options with people you trust. Often, with the right home care, you may not need to be admitted to a hospital or nursing home. Skilled nurses and therapists can come into your home and help you recover from accident, injury or illness. Ask your doctor or social worker in the hospital: can I benefit from home health care?


If you are diagnosed with or
 recovering from:

    •    High blood pressure
    •    Diabetes
    •    Parkinson’s disease
    •    Congestive heart failure
    •    Heart disease
    •    Lung disease
    •    Cancer
    •    Cardiac bypass surgery
    •    Hip or joint surgery
    •    Stroke
    •    Any chronic illness such as asthma or
progressive arthritis

Potential home health care
patients include:

  • Cancer patients in need of chemotherapy
  • Mothers experiencing difficult pregnancies due
to pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Transplant patients in need of IV antibiotics or
home pain management
  • Elderly persons experiencing difficulty in
motion due to an injury
  • A child working through a speech disorder
Diabetic patients in need of daily monitoring to
avoid rehospitalization
  • Patients experiencing trouble with the healing
of wounds

Ask Yourself:

Do you have difficulty with...

•    Remembering to take your medication
•    Walking, rising, or getting out of bed
•    Maintaining proper hygiene
•    Feeding and hydrating yourself
•    Wounds or skin ulcers
•    Vision, hearing, balance, strength, or memory

Do you need...

•    Considerable help leaving your home
•    Skilled nursing at your home because you are
mostly homebound
•    Physical, occupational, or speech therapy

Do you frequently feel...

•    Overwhelmed and unable to care for yourself
In danger
•    Vulnerable to abuse, scams or fraud
•    Lonely, sad or confused