What is Home Care

What is Home Care

Home Care is supportive care that is provided in the patient’s home. The term is often used as an umbrella term to refer to any type of service that offers in-home care. It is a common misconception that home care is only for the elderly, since people of all ages may require home care.

We always recommend that individuals in need of home care search for licensed, high quality agencies. The benefits of licensed home care agencies include state monitoring and regulations, which place consumer protection and welfare first. Choosing a licensed agency will help ensure that consumers receive the best quality care for themselves or their loved ones.

The goal behind home care is to support all needs of the individual so he or she can remain at home. These services should provide a combination of care, along with life assistance. While the focus is on patient care, home care services also benefit loved ones by guaranteeing that the patient will always be in good hands while receiving expert care.

We urge consumers to be well-informed BEFORE they choose a home care provider. The following resources offer Consumer information at no cost.

  • The NJ Board of Nursing – (973) 504-6430 – request "A Consumer's Guide to Homemaker-Home Health Aides"
  • The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ – (732) 877-1100
  • NJ EASE - (Toll Free) (800) 222-3737
    A Statewide Program in every county to provide help with assessing your needs and locating the right community resources for you, as well as help to qualify for state assistance and/or Medicaid.

What is Personal Care

Personal Care is provided for individuals that need assistance with daily living activities. Personal care is different from nursing care where a registered nurse cares for the patient. Those who provide personal care are specifically trained to help patients with a variety of daily activities. The services provided to an individual will vary based on the needs of the patient.

Typical services include:
·      Assistance with meals
·      Assistance in bathrooms and personal hygiene
·      Assistance arranging and managing health care
·      Assistance setting up and keeping doctor appointments      
·      Assistance with laundry
·      Assistance with medication
·      Assistance in social and/or recreational activities 

We urge patients to try to be well-informed BEFORE they choose a home care provider. The following resources offer Consumer information at no cost.

  • The NJ Board of Nursing - (973) 504-6430 and request "A Consumer's Guide to Homemaker-Home Health Aides"
  • The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ - (732) 877-1100
  • NJ EASE - (Toll Free) (800) 222-3737
    A Statewide Program in every county to provide help with assessing your needs and locating the right community resources for you, as well as help to qualify for state assistance and/or Medicaid.