Why Home Health?

Introduction to Home Health Therapy1

Home care in the state of Texas is delivered by licensed home and community support services agencies (HCSSAs) and regulated by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). Services are provided in the client’s home or other settings where they participate in the community, such as school. Licensed home care agencies must comply with a number of state and federal regulations and are routinely surveyed to monitor the quality of care delivered to clients receiving home care services.

  • Skilled Services
    Home health includes a diverse array of skilled services. Nurses, therapists, and home health aides administer these health care services under physician’s orders.
  • Long-term Care Services
    Personal assistance services are also provided by licensed home care agencies. Attendants provide help with activities of daily living such as bathing; dressing, grooming, meal preparation, feeding, transfer and ambulation, and toileting are just some of the services provided to individuals who require such assistance.

“Careful use of appropriate home care services can prevent unnecessary re-hospitalizations, emergency department visits and poorer than expected health outcomes.” **American Medical Association (2012)


1“What Is Home Care?” What Is Home Care? (n.d.): 1-2. TAHC-Issues. Texas Association for Homecare and Hospice, 7 Nov. 2013. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. <http://www.congressweb.com/tahc>.
**American Medical Association, “AMA Releases Physician Guide to Medical Management of the Home Care Patient”, March 2012. Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, “Clinically Appropriate and Cost-Effective Placement”, October 2012.