Providing Complete Care with In-Home Services: Home Health vs Home Care
Providing care within the home for aging individuals can seem like a simple and turn-key solution. What many do not realize when making this decision is the complexity of the care these individuals may need. While every situation is different and every patient’s needs are unique, there is more than their physical health to consider. In this article we will explore the differences between Home Health and Home Care. We will look at some of the benefits of both and how combining these programs may provide the best situational outcome for both the patient and caregiver.
Home health is one of the most important services for seniors who are living at home. It helps them to live comfortably in their own homes and stay independent longer usually while recovering from a recent surgery or transitioning into a new path in their health journey. Home health is a skilled medical service and provided by nurses, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, or other clinical professionals.
Home Health Benefits
There are so many benefits of home health. Home health can help seniors stay independent longer, and it can also provide a measure of peace of mind for caregivers. Some of the other benefits of home health include:
– Seniors can receive quality medical care in the comfort of their own homes.
– Home health can help seniors maintain their independence and dignity.
– Caregivers can have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are being taken care of by skilled professionals.
– Home health is covered by Medicare and some commercial insurance plans.
– Home health can be customized to meet the specific needs of each individual patient.
Now, let’s talk about home care, a phrase that can easily be confused with Home Health. While these two terms seem to be closely related and are sometimes wrongfully interchanged, they are not the same. A home care assistant, or professional caregiver, provides support for individuals living at home needing assistance with activities or companionship.
Home care assistants can provide a wide range of services that can help your loved one live more comfortably and independently at home all while relieving some of the stress from your shoulders as the caregiver.
Home Care Benefits
So, does this mean that you get a personal assistant and can direct them however you want? No, not exactly. Here are some things that you can expect from a home care assistant including:
– Assisting with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and grooming.
– Home care assistants can provide transportation and companionship.
– Housekeeping duties such as meal prep, cleaning, laundry, or other household chores.
– Helping aide in mobility throughout the day.
Home care assistants are often a great resource for caregivers who need a break or who need assistance with other tasks around the house as mentioned above.
Complete Care Picture
Caring for an individual has many different facets involved within it. When looking at the decision to become a caregiver or to find the right solutions for your loved ones, it is important to consider all aspects of their health from the physical needs to the emotional, spiritual, and mental needs. Combining the clinical aspects of Home Health along with the companionship and assistance with household activities from Home Care, patients can receive the well-rounded and complete care needed to age in place.
Centric Home Health and Hospice is a skilled Home Health nursing agency helping to provide your complete care picture. We help patients and families get the right care for their unique needs. Do you have additional questions? Contact us by email at INFO@mycentrichealth.com or call us at 1.855.942.3687 to get talk with our team directly.