Home Healthcare 101: Terms to Know

May 1, 2013

New to home healthcare? You are probably coming across many unfamiliar terms and concepts. Check out this quick and easy glossary of some of the most common home healthcare topics.


Personal Care services

Personal care services include assistance with bathing and hygiene, daily home management tasks, errands, companionship, light housekeeping and meal preparations. They often carry out tasks classified as “non-skilled” that aren’t covered by insurance.

Home Healthcare

Services conducted inside the home that supports those who are recovering or living with illness, injury or surgery.

Homebound Status

Defined by Medicare, where a patient must meet several criteria to qualify for coverage, including doctor certification.

Hospice Care

Holistic care for those with a life-limiting illness. Hospice serves the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient with terminal illness and supports the family.


Federal health insurance acquired through social security application that covers a portion of your hospital and doctor bills.


Government program that provides certain health and long term care services for people with financial limitations.

Mental Health

Services designed to help adults with emotional or behavioral problems or psychiatric illnesses. VNA of Ohio is the only home healthcare agency in Ohio to offer in-home and community based mental health services. Learn more about VNA of Ohio's mental health services today.

Palliation Services (Special Care)

Care and services to relieve suffering, improve how patient feels on a day-to-day basis and offer the help needed to live as comfortable as possible. In many cases, patients continue to receive treatment for their illnesses, while in other cases they choose a smooth transition to hospice with VNA of Ohio.

Rehabilitation Therapies

Home healthcare services in which physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists work closely with patients, caregivers and their families to help patients live as independently as possible.

Respite Care

Respite care offers relief for the caregiver by providing full-time patient care, from a trusted partner for a specific time period in the home or off-site. Respite can also be personal assistance with daily or weekly tasks, including patient-specific support, general household management or transportation. It is usually short term, or in response to specific caregiver needs.

Skilled Nursing Care

Services provided by licensed professionals, including nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and mental health professionals. Skilled care services are ordered by physician referral.

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