What is Home Care? - Melkbos Private Health Care Centre

By: Melkbos Private Health Care Centre  11-11-2011
Keywords: Health Care, Medical Aid, Health Services

“Home care”, “home health care”, “in-home care” are phrases that are used interchangeably in the South Africa to mean any type of care given to a person in their own home. Both phrases have been used in the past interchangeably regardless of whether the person requires skilled care or not. More recently, there is a growing movement to distinguish between “home health care” meaning skilled nursing care and “home care” meaning non-medical care.

Home care aims to make it possible for people to remain at home rather than use residential, long-term, or institutional-based nursing care. Home care providers render services in the client’s own home. These services may include some combination of professional health care services and life assistance services.

Professional home health services could include medical or psychological assessment, wound care, medication teaching, pain management, disease education and management, physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy.

Life assistance services include help with daily tasks such as meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, light housekeeping, errands, shopping, transportation, and companionship.

Melkbos Private health Care Centre offers services from Melkbostrand to Milnerton.

  • Activities of daily living (ADL) refers to six activities: (bathing, dressing, transferring, using the toilet, eating, and walking) that reflect the patient’s capacity for self-care.
  • Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) refers to six daily tasks: (light housework, preparing meals, taking medications, shopping for groceries or clothes, using the telephone, and managing money) that enables the patient to live independently in the community.

Most home care is informal with families and friends providing a substantial amount of support and care. For formal care MPHCC provides comprehensive health care professionals such as  registered Sisters as well as care workers  that can assist with your daily needs. Specialised Home health care can be paid for by Medical Aid , long term insurance, or paid with the patient’s own resources.

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