Karen Weeks, guest blogger
Does My Loved One Need Home Care or Home Health Care?
Updated: Nov 1, 2019
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Sometimes it's hard to find what you need when you are not sure what questions to even ask! Let's clear up the difference between Home Health and Home Care so you know where to start.
WHAT DOES HOME CARE LOOK LIKE?
Home Care is personal supportive assistance provided in the home. Keep in mind Home Care is nonmedical care. Professional caregivers come in to provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and mobility. Additional services are provided by Amazing Grace Home Care, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, check and record vital signs, help with doing blood sugars, medication reminders, errands, shopping, exercises, safety (fall prevention) and supervision....basically what ever it takes for you or your loved ones to be able to live at home comfortably for as long as possible.
Long Term Care Insurance plus several Medicare Supplemental policies may cover Home Care as long as qualifying factors are met, but most services can be paid for privately without qualification or orders from a physician.
Care can be provided for a few hours a day or for 24 hours day, all depending on what you need. The most common reasons for asking for Home Care is falling at home and forgetting to take medications on time, with the rationale for arranging Home Care to be to stay OUT of the Emergency Room!
WHAT DOES HOME HEALTH LOOK LIKE?
Home Health is ordered by a physician and has qualifying criteria, usually that the services of a licensed therapist (Physical, Occupational, and/or Speech) or Registered Nurse be required. Home Health is covered by Medicare and some other insurances. Simple terms Home Heath is medical services.
Visits are limited to the skilled services that are ordered. You may or may not qualify for a short term Home Health aide to help with a bath, but again that may not be allowed for more than a few weeks. Home Care is intended to be coordinated with Home Health until Home Health is discontinued, then Home Care professionals continue with the established plan. Home Care case managers can make referrals to add Home Health back in if a decline is identified, triggering the need for therapy or a nurse again. The service with Amazing Grace Home Care has oversight from a Registered Nurse with over 25 years of experience with compliance in client care.
WHAT'S MY NEXT STEP?
The goal of each service is a safer, more comfortable stay at home for as long as possible.
Now that you know more about Home Care and Home Health, give us a call so we can help you determine where you or your loved ones fit in? Home Health, Home Care or Both?
Either way, we are here to help! Explore our website at Amazing Grace Home Care
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