What Are Differences Between Home Health Care & Home Care?

April 28, 2020

If you or your loved one are not quite ready for an assisted living facility, in-home care may be a good option. There are two types of care at home services; home health care and home care assistance. 

Home health care provides clinical services (such as skilled nursing care, physical therapy, and occupational therapy). Home care provides non-clinical help with daily living. 

Let’s take a look at how each of these options work.

What Services Does Home Health Care Provide?

This is an excellent option for those recovering from a major health event, or transitioning home from a post-hospital care facility. Below are some of the services that can be provided.

Skilled Nursing Services

Supervised by a registered nurse (RN), these services are available for those with temporary or ongoing medical needs.

  • Help with chronic conditions like diabetes and COPD.
  • Wound care and dressing changes.
  • Medication assistance and monitoring.
  • Medical oversight and case management.
  • Pain management.
  • New G-tube management.
  • Onsite lab work.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Licensed therapy is an option that can be very helpful for those who have experienced a decrease in mobility. 

  • Mobility and strength training to help with balance after a fall.
  • Home safety assessments to help identify dangers in a new or existing home.
  • Help to adapt back to the skills of daily living, like bathing and dressing.
  • Splinting, help with orthotics, and adaptive equipment assessments.
  • Family and caregiving training for Assisted Daily Life (ADL).

Speech Therapy

For those recovering from a stroke, or other health event that has affected their speech, this type of therapy is vital to a successful recovery. 

  • Help with swallowing impairments diet texture upgrades.
  • Memory improvement and help with communication difficulties.
  • Help with functional reading and writing.

What Services are Included with Home Care Assistance?

If you or your loved one requires assistance with the small tasks that make up daily living, home care can be a wonderful way to help them maintain independence. Home care services can include: 

  • Assistance with dressing and personal hygiene.  
  • Companionship and comfort throughout the day.
  • Medication management assistance and reminders.
  • Assistance with meal preparation, shopping, laundry, and errands.
  • Transportation to medical appointments.
  • Alzheimer’s and memory care. 
  • End of life hospice options and respite care for caregivers.

AgeRight at Home Care Services

Many families find that a mix of home health care and home care assistance provides the right combination of medical supervision and care to improve their loved one’s daily life. 

AgeRight at Home services are customizable, providing the level of assistance each person needs in the comfort of their own home. There are many care options available, each with their own unique benefits.

AgeRight at Home leads the industry in care at home. Connect with us today to learn more.

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