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What Services Can Be Provided in the Home?

What Services Can Be Provided in the Home?




Nursing care

Physical, occupational, and speech therapies

Durable medical equipment such as commodes, wheelchairs, and walkers

Medications given by vein (intravenously)


Feeding by tube or intravenously

A ventilator to support breathing

Diagnostic tests such as certain x-rays, electrocardiography, and blood tests


Personal care such as help with eating, bathing, washing hair, using the toilet, and dressing

Help with housecleaning

Devices to signal for help (personal emergency response systems)

A security system that provides surveillance

Food delivery programs