Home care and home health are two distinct types of care that are both provided in a home setting, however, most people are not aware of the differences and use these terms interchangeably.
The main difference is that ‘home care’ is non clinical while ‘home health’ is clinical care.
When it comes to home care, we’re talking about ‘supportive’ care. It provides support to those individuals who may have difficulty performing some daily tasks. Things like bathing/dressing, making meals, housekeeping, getting groceries or running other errands home care aid with. It provides a companionship and helps avoid risk of social isolation.
Home health is exactly what it sounds like – medical care provided in a patient’s home. It provides broad care given by medical professionals, including physical and occupational therapy, nursing care and speech therapy.
Home health care allows both home care and home health to work together in unison. Home health care allows someone to be within the comfort of their own atmosphere, while they still have the opportunities to do their normal daily activities and are still getting the medical service they need. This aid is equivalent to the care they would get at a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
So many benefits come along with home health care. It allows them to get better, regain their independence, become self-sufficient and maintain or better their current condition or level of function.
Because even if it’s sleeping in their own chair, drinking hot chocolate from their favorite mug or cuddling a pet, home health care can contribute to quicker recovery and better quality of life.