Additional Home & Community Services
Home and community based care makes it possible for elders or individuals with disabilities to live independently at home. Services ranging from nursing, respite for primary caregivers, meal delivery, medication, and medical equipment are just some of the services provided to keep people where they want to be – at home. Below are some of the services provided through community based care programs.
Adult Day Care
Adult day services are community-based group programs designed to provide social and some health services to adults who need supervised care in a safe place during the day. They also afford caregivers respite from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving. Adult day centers general operate during normal business hours five days a week. Some programs offer services in the evening and on weekends.
Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
Durable Medical Equipment is equipment that can be repeatedly used and that is primarily and customarily used to serve a medical purpose, and is appropriate for use at home. Equipment includes items such as respiratory therapy equipment and oxygen, hospital beds, wheelchairs, and seat lift mechanisms. This equipment is generally not useful to a person in the absence of illness or injury, and is appropriate for use in the home.
Home Infusion is often considered a cost-effective way to manage patients who might otherwise need to be hospitalized. Home infusion services have traditionally included therapies such as IV antibiotics, parenteral nutrition, pain management, and a small variety of other therapies to patients who might usually be treated in the hospital.
Home Delivered Meals / Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is the name for programs that deliver meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. “Meals on Wheels” is often used to generically refer to home-delivered meals programs. Not all of these programs are actually named “Meals on Wheels.”
Home modification is adaptation to the living environment intended to increase ease of use, safety, security and independence. Home modifications include walk-in showers, ramps for accessible entry and exit as well as lever door handles that operate easily with a push.