Am I prepared to return home?

You may choose to seek help in your home – temporarily, as you recover. Sometimes, family members or friends can help. At other times, paid caregivers (sometimes called homemakers or home health aides) can help with day-to-day activities such as bathing, cooking, or cleaning.

These aids can visit your home for a few hours a day, or stay all day, depending on your specific needs. You may need to interview several paid caregivers before finding the right one.

Keep in mind: A paid caregiver is different than a home nurse, who provides medical care and is ordered through your doctor.

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