HOME HEALTH CARE VS IN-HOME CARE

What is Home Care?

For older adults who are recovering from surgery, illness or need assistance at home, hiring an in home caregiver can be a lifesaver. Home care aides provide comfort, support, meals, transportation and coordinate care between home, family members, doctors and the hospital. Home care agencies offer 24/7 live in home health aide support to hourly as needed assistance. Requirements for home health aide training, certification and education vary by state. It's important to ensure you find dependable, trusted caregivers for your loved ones.

Two different services with similar names

When most people hear the words “home health care” and “in-home care,” they assume those services are the same. It turns out there are some important differences.

Home health care is medical care

Home health care is skilled care from medical professionals and requires a written order from a doctor.This type of care helps older adults recover at home from a serious health issue. It’s usually less expensive, more convenient, and as effective as care from a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF).Services can include:

  • Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
  • At-home physical, occupational, or speech therapy
  • Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
  • Intravenous (IV) or nutrition therapy
  • Pain management
  • Injections

In-home care is non-medical care

In-home care services are non-medical and primarily help older adults with the activities of daily living. The main goal is to keep them safe and comfortable in their own homes.Services can include:

  • Help with personal grooming, like bathing or getting dressed
  • Help with moving around, getting in and out of bed or the shower
  • Medication reminders
  • Help preparing meals
  • Help with household chores like vacuuming or doing laundry
  • Companionship and friendship

Home health care and in-home care often work together

Here are two examples where in-home care and home health care services can work together to help your older adult.Medication

  • An in-home caregiver helps them remember to take daily medications.
  • A home health nurse can adjust or change medications as needed.

Physical therapy

  • A home health agency can work with the doctor to adjust physical therapy if it’s not working.
  • An in-home caregiver is there to encourage your older adult to do their physical therapy exercises, watch for problems, and let the physical therapist know how the exercises are going.