home is sometimes needed to help in the treatment, recovery,
or care of a cancer patient.
services refers to non-skilled care (also called custodial
care) that can include light housekeeping, meal preparation,
shopping and assistance with personal care such as dressing
or bathing. Homemaker services are not usually paid for by
Medicare or insurance.
health-care refers to short-term skilled services such
as postsurgical care, physical therapy, pain management and
medication management provided to the homebound patient. Medicare
and most insurance companies pay for home health-care. Referral
to a home health agency requires a doctor's order.
refers to care provided to people during the end stage of
an illness when curative treatment is no longer indicated.
Services include nursing, social work, spiritual support,
personal care, medication, and equipment usually provided
in the patients home. Hospice does not routinely provide
round the clock care. Medicare, MediCal and most insurance
plans cover hospice services. Referral to a hospice agency
requires a doctors order.
State Hospice Association 916-441-3770