Home Care

  • Bruce A. Ferrell


In recent years, home care has been the fastest growing segment of the health care industry, the fastest growing part of the Medicare budget, and an increasingly large part of geriatric practice.1 A variety of factors has helped fuel this growth and expansion of services. Many of these have included economic factors such as incentives in the prospective payment system of hospitals, resulting in discharges “quicker and sicker,” the rising cost of convalescent or nursing home care, and the resultant increased willingness to reimburse such care at home. Along with these has been the increasing desire of chronically and terminally ill patients to stay out of institutions and remain at home with their families. Likewise, new technology has made many existing health services portable and available in the home setting that were formerly found only in hospitals.


Home Care Informal Caregiver Geriatric Assessment Home Health Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment 
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