Home Health Care Versus Hospitalization

  • In many cases home health care services may be appropriate to prevent an individual from being hospitalized.
  • Most patients and their families prefer to stay at home rather than be placed in the hospital or skilled nursing facility when their condition allows them to remain at home.
  • Home health care is usually less expensive and in some cases just as effective as care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Home health care assists a person in their recovery from an illness, accident, surgery, or change in their medical condition. Professional health care and rehabilitation services are delivered in a person's home environment under the direction of their personal physician.