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The Differences of Home Health Care and Home Care

By February 19, 2015Home Care

As people get older or suffer from one or more chronic illnesses, there comes a time they’ll need help at home. Whether the extra care attends to personal assistance or their medical care, it’s available.

For example, if a person needs care after a surgery, home health care is accessible. Medically trained and licensed professionals will administer health-related tasks ordered by a physician.

In addition to recovery after a hospital visit, a person may need extra help around the house. In-home care is an option that offers custodial care, homemaker services, and companionship services. They’re delivered by professional caregivers employed by agencies, family members, or privately hired caregivers.

The Differences in Care

Home Health Care:

Administers medical services delivered by a nurse, home health aide, certified nurse assistant, licensed vocational nurse, or a doctor. A physician prescribes these services.

  • Manage the medication and teaching adherence
  • Manage pain
  • Skilled Assessments and Training
  • Disease management and education
  • Injections, IV infusions
  • Catheter care, tracheotomy care
  • Ventilator patient care
  • Diabetes management and care
  • Post-op rehab – occupational and speech therapies
  • Discharge planning
  • Facilitating support groups, grief counseling
  • Wound care
  • Enabling durable medical equipment

Non-medical home care:

The non-medical care tasks are performed by professional caregivers and address the following needs:

Paying for Care at Home

Paying for either type of care at home takes budgeting skills and a thoughtful strategy. The options are:

  • Out-of-pocket
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Medical health insurance
  • Medicaid and Medicare
  • Cash and Counseling Programs
  • Veterans Administration

Get the scoop on all pay for home care options.

People Who Use Home Health Care

  • Individuals discharged from a hospital or nursing home but needs medical attention
  • People living with terminal health conditions
  • Those with short-term health needs
  • People living with a disability

People Who Use Home Care

  • Those want help with meal preparation
  • Individuals with bathing and dressing requests
  • People with toileting and transferring demands
  • Older adults who need light transportation to appointments, etc.
  • Those living alone and craving companionship and company
  • Individuals who want help around the house – housecleaning and laundry

Carol Marak is a contributor for the senior living and health care market. She advocates older adults and family caregivers by writing on tough topics like chronic issues, senior care and housing.
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