Are home health and home care the same thing? Well, not really. These two distinct types of care are both provided in a home setting. The difference is, “home care” is non-clinical care and “home health” is clinical care. But how do you make the right choice? Let’s explore them in greater detail to find out!

Home Health

Home health is all about medical services and usually requires a prescription from a doctor. Healthcare professionals like registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists conduct these home health services. They can include:

·       Medication administration (including IVs and injections)

·       Vital signs monitoring

·       Assistance with illness or injury recovery

·       Physical therapy

·       Occupational therapy

·       Speech-language therapy

·       Medial equipment monitoring

·       Expertise in specific medical conditions (like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia)

·       Wound care

When a senior has had a recent inpatient stay at a hospital, rehabilitation, or skilled nursing facility, home health may be necessary for him or her. Home health can also benefit those who have had recent medication changes that need to be monitored. For a senior whose physical function is in decline, home health physical or occupational therapy services can also offer amazing support to help him or her get back on track.

Home Care

Home care doesn’t offer any medical services but keeps seniors with special needs comfortable in their homes. Factors like aging, disabilities or chronic illnesses are some reasons why you may want to choose home care for your elderly loved one. Home care services can include:

·       Personal care, like help with bathing, getting dress and styling hair

·       Homemaking, like house work and yard work

·       Cooking and going grocery shopping

·       Reminders to take medicine

·       Help with paying the bills

Fun Fact!

Did you know that some types of home care, home health and community services are free or donated? Check to see if Medicare benefits, Medicaid, Veterans Programs or State Non-Medicaid Programs can provide financial aid for your elderly loved one’s home care needs.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Worry!

No matter what type of care you choose, remember this quote by Virginia Woolf, “I don’t believe in aging.  I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.” This change doesn’t mean that seniors can’t enjoy their lives. They just need a little bit of help along the way. So, pat yourself on the back for supporting their health and well-being. They definitely appreciate it.