Home care is a cost effective alternative to extended hospital stays or institutional care. Being at home helps clients feel better about themselves and gives them a sense of security and well-being, without imposing a burden on family and friends. In addition, home care cost less compared to hospitalization or a long term care facility.The scope of home care is broad. Clients cross the spectrum of care; from newborn infants to the elderly and infirm. Services include non-medical personal care, such as assistance with personal hygiene, meal preparation, mobility, and light housekeeping skilled nursing care, and specialized therapeutic care. Staying at home means being near family and friends, people who can offer loving care and support. A trained home care provider can teach them the skills needed to help with certain types of care.