Health Risks of Home Care

Home-based health care is often a preferable alternative to costly, uncomfortable long-term hospital care. However, a recent analysis raises concerns to watch for if you or a loved one use home care. Researchers found the infection rates ranged from 5% to 80% in different home settings. Untrained workers and unsterile catheters were common causes, particularly among patients using them for nutrient delivery or urination.

PositiveTip: Make sure you or your home-care aide are well trained to avoid infections.

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