Is Home Health a Solution to Rising Health Costs?

Home health care can include rehabilitative care after surgery, hospice care and palliative care, which is dedicated to relieving people’s physical and emotional symptoms as they face a life-threatening illness. The care options for home care are both social and medical, and can include medication reminders, family notifications, making appointments, arranging transportation and meal preparations.

“People often don’t know about home care unless they hear about it in an emergency situation,” says Barbara McCann, chief industry officer for Interim HealthCare.

Dr. Steven Landers, president and CEO of VNA Health Group, says a person who undergoes surgery and is transitioned to home care for a month can expect a bill for about $1,200 – as opposed to a $12,000 bill for a skilled nursing facility, such as a nursing home. He noted, however, that in some cases patients need a range of medical help that only a nursing home can provide.

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