A great variety of services provided in a home setting, by an even greater variety of agencies and organizations, fall under the blanket term “Home Health.” Services such as Hospice, Respite Care, Private Duty Nursing, Senior Assistance, and even Meals on Wheels are all considered a form of Home Health.
These services, typically, are non-permanent or otherwise intermittent. They’re usually not paid hourly or slated to be continually administered. Often, They’re carried out by nurses, social workers, phlebotomists, or physical, speech, and occupational therapists. The types of in-home care available have continually expanded since the industry’s formation. Now, as they weren’t some thirty years ago, treatments such as dialysis and radiation therapy are now available in the comfort of a patient’s home, though likely at a higher cost than if administered at a medical center.
As people continue, each year, to live longer than those born before them, the number of senior citizens (who comprise most recipients of Home Health Services) grows. This increasing amount of senior citizens, as well as the implementation of federal Medicaid and Medicare programs in the ‘60s, has led to the development of a multi-billion dollar home health care industry in the last 50 years, fueled primarily by the elderly.
While the elderly do comprise most of the current home health industry’s business does, there’s also an increasingly large market for other kinds of health care (i.e. pediatric, psychiatric, ) to be administered in a home setting. People of all ages who have come to depend on tube feedings, ventilators, or other devices that may require assistance or maintenance by medical personnel, can receive those services in the comfort of their own home.
Many home health agencies or organizations offer a broad range of services and professionals, while others are more specialized, and may only offer one specific service or type of trained professional. Many Dallas home health services can be commissioned through an agency or organization found simply online or in phonebooks. Others (specifically those performing medical services one wishes to have paid for by Medicare) require a doctor or care worker’s referral.