Home Care vs Home Health: What is the Difference?
Home Health and Home Care are two distinct types of intervention that sometimes get confused with one another because they both take place in the home setting. However, most people do not understand the differences and use these terms interchangeably even though they both provide unique types of respective in-home assistance. The biggest difference is that Home Health is clinical care provided by licensed professionals while Home Care is non-clinical care.
Home Health is typically warranted after a person has undergone an inpatient stay at a hospital, rehabilitation, or skilled nursing facility. This service is most commonly prescribed by doctors orders until the individual has the knowledge and peace of mind to regain personal independence. Skilled and licensed medical professionals will assist, monitor, and educate the patient in their home on their road to recovery. Home Health services commonly include:
- Therapy and skilled nursing services
- Administration of medications, including injections
- Medical tests
- Monitoring of health status
- Wound care
Since it is considered medical care, Home Health is covered by insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Home Care is beneficial to those who struggle to perform the tasks of day-to-day living. This includes eating, bathing, cleaning, doing laundry, and even companionship. This type of care is classified under personal care and is performed by non-clinical staff. Those who may consider using Home Care services are individuals who need assistance with daily grooming and meal preparation, those who can’t drive and need transportation, and even those who are alone that may be in need of friendly companionship interactions. Home Care services commonly include:
- Meal preparation
- House cleaning
- Helping dressing, bathing and grooming
- Reminders to take medicine
- Help with bill paying
Since Home Care is considered personal care the payment options will be covered either privately or is some cases for low-income Seniors by Medicaid. However, recent medical evidence suggests that Home Care can be one of the most cost-effective forms of health care while providing some of the best results.
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