In-Home Care

Choosing the appropriate level of long term care is a very important decision. The term “long term care” covers a wide range of services, from having occasional assistance available in your home to having 24-hour nursing services provided in a health care facility.

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When selecting the level of long term care that fits your needs, you must objectively consider your ability to perform various tasks. First, you need to determine your ability to dress yourself, bathe yourself, use the bathroom by yourself and perform other activities that you normally do each day. The level of difficulty you experience in performing these basic tasks will influence the level of care that you need. Second, you need to determine how well you can follow instructions. You may be able to receive long term care at home if you are able to follow your doctor’s orders, remember medical appointments, operate special medical equipment that you may need or take the correct dosage of medicine at the correct time. Third, you should determine whether you are able to live at home safely. If you forget basic safety precautions, such as locking doors, turning off the stove or testing the water temperature before taking a bath, you may want to consider a higher level of long term care.

This section of the website lists both medical and non-medical services and programs that assist people who want to remain at home and provide caregivers with the support they need.

Care and Services (non-medical)

Caregiver Support

Home Health Agencies (medical)

Hospice at Home

Meals Delivered to Your Home

Medicaid In-Home Programs


Each section describes a service or program, lists the range of services available, explains payment options and provides a list of questions that you may want to ask providers. You should talk to friends and neighbors about their experiences and interview the care providers before you hire them to come into your home.