How does one go about getting a nurse to come in to care for my father. My mother is 89 and it is too hard for her to keep caring for my father. He is in the advanced stage of cancer but is walking with a cane/walker and has good days and bad days(only gets up to use the bathroom, take medication/eats very little) We would like him to stay at home rather than go to a nursing home. Is it more expensive to stay home and have a nurse come in? Is home health care covered by medicare/insurance? When does one start with Hospice? Is that covered by medicare or secondary insurance. I would like to start looking into this but do not know where to start.