Recently, Dr. Killcommons also visited Japan to expand the use of Medweb’s health services for home health care of the elderly. Home health care encompasses a variety of in-home services that typically help elderly individuals maintain their independence. Moreover, home health services help delay the need for institutional care, such as nursing homes, and help the elderly remain in their own homes longer.
Some common forms of home health care include personal care and companionship, which provides support for basic, everyday activities. Another form, private duty nursing, provides more intensive care for individuals dealing with a chronic illness, injury, or disability. Last, physician-directed home health care is a short term form of caring for patients in their own home. Also known as intermittent skilled care, it supports patients as they recover from a recent injury or illness.