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  • Provide care in the home for patients/clients who need health services but not hospitalization

  • Services include nursing, physical therapy, personal care (bathing, dressing, etc.), and homemaking (cleaning, food shopping, and food preparation).

  • Home health care workers provide care for all ages from infants to the elderly.


(Geriatric Care)

  • Provides care for those elderly people who are able to live at home with their families but need care when the family is away

  • Provides a place where the elderly can be cared for during the day

  • Provides activities, rehabilitation, and contract with other people

  • The elderly are given their medications and are aided in mobility.


These facilities generally care for elderly people needing nursing services and personal care.

They also care for physically ill or injured people who require and extended convalescence for recovery.

  • Examples of these include nursing homes and long- term care facilities.

Overview of Alternative Medicine

  • Alternative therapies have become so popular that it is estimated as many as one in three Americans uses them, typically for treating chronic conditions.

  • Estimated 10 % to 30% of human health care is delivered by conventional, biomedically oriented practitioners.

  • Remaining 70% to 90% ranges from self-care according to folk principles to care given in an organized health care delivery system based on an alternative tradition or practice.

  • Community-based health care, which reflects the health needs, beliefs and natural environments of those who use it, refers to the nonprofessionalized but specialized health care practices of many rural and urban people.

  • Among these therapies are acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, massage, and prayer. Of course some therapies, such as crystal healing and psychic surgery, are more controversial than others.

  • The real problem, according to both hard-core skeptics and New Age enthusiasts alike, is separating out the quacks from the true healers.

What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?

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