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home

 [hōm]
a place where someone lives.
home health care services provided by a certified agency using an interdisciplinary team to meet the needs of patients being cared for in out-of-hospital settings such as private homes, boarding homes, hospices, shelters, and so on. Caregivers include professional and practical nurses, nursing assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other professionals. The rising costs of hospitalization and the impact of diagnosis-related group (DRG) reimbursement for Medicare patients have contributed to the phenomenal increase in home health care agencies in the United States. Additionally, technological advances now make it possible for patients to receive many treatments at home that formerly were administered only in a hospital. Examples include oxygen therapy, intravenous drug perfusion (including administration of antineoplastics and antibiotics), and peritoneal dialysis. See also home health agency.

A variety of agencies and services are available in many communities. Some are privately owned and operated for profit (proprietary), others are affiliated with hospitals, and some are private nonprofit agencies. As more third-party payers such as federal and state governments and large insurance companies certify these agencies for reimbursement, growth in the number and type can be expected to continue, and more complicated types of care may be provided in the homes of patients.
home maintenance, impaired a nursing diagnosis approved by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as inability to independently maintain a safe and growth-promoting immediate environment. Related factors are any illness, injury, or knowledge deficit that can contribute to a person's inability to attend to cleaning, repairing, and maintaining the home and providing basic needs and comforts for the self and family members. Age-related factors might include special needs of an infant or of an elderly person with functional disabilities or sensory loss. In some cases impaired management of home maintenance could be related to insufficient family organization or planning, inadequate financial resources, or impaired cognitive or emotional functioning.

Nursing interventions are focused on determining the nature of the problem, assessing the family's ability to deal with it, and identifying available resources for assistance. Plans for utilizing available resources are developed with family members. These might include procuring a part-time homemaker, obtaining supportive assistance such as legal aid or nutritional care, or providing therapeutic care by nurses, speech therapists, physical therapists or other professionals who are involved in home health care.
nursing home see nursing home.
residential care home (rest home) a residence where room, board, and personal care are provided for individuals who need assistance and supervision. The focus is generally on dependent elderly persons who cannot live independently but do not require regular nursing care, and on younger individuals who have mental illness or mental retardation.

Home

(hōm),
Everard, English surgeon, 1756-1832. See: Home lobe.

home

As defined in the UK, the place where a client or patient currently resides (permanently or temporarily), except when he or she is a hospital inpatient.

home

A residence where individuals return regularly to eat, live, recreate, rest, and sleep.