Home Care Law and Legal Definition

Home care refers to the health care or supportive care that is offered in a patient’s home. It helps people to escape from non-residential, long-term, or institutional-based nursing care. In the U.S., home care when offered by health care professionals is called home health care, formal care or skilled care. The family members or friends who offer home care are called caregivers, primary caregiver, or voluntary caregivers. It is different from custodial care as the person who offer home care are not nurses, doctors or licensed medical practitioners. Home care offered by licensed personnel is called a home health care.