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Home health and service options

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Updated: 1/14/2003 2:31 pm
Your home health care assistance can be based on your individual needs, as long as all applicable insurance requirements are met. If you need limited aid such as hygienic care and meal preparation, you don't require a licensed nurse. You can hire someone with basic skills, who has an agreeable personality. One plus in this situation is that non-specialized care is usually less expensive than services provided by a licensed nurse. For a moderate amount of assistance, a nurse's aid may be suitable. Taking vital signs, dispensing medication, and planning and preparing nutritious meals are all within the domain of this caregiver. For intensive care involving hypodermic injections, evaluating current conditions, and undertaking moderate physical therapy, it's a good idea to hire a licensed nurse. Before hiring an agency or individual to assist you or perform home health care, be sure they meet the requirements of your insurance company, or Medicare and Medicaid's guidelines.

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