YES! But it can be confusing. Terms that were once used interchangeably, now carry a distinct difference between them. Clients are often surprised at the range of services home care offer, as they have home health in the back of their minds. Sometimes they are going without the services they need, because they do not qualify for home health care, and don’t realize that home care is an option, and all that it can do. So, let’s talk about the difference.
The biggest difference between home healthcare and in-home care is that home healthcare is a higher level of care that is deemed medically necessary by a physician.
- Medication Reminders
- Aid with ADLs, or Activities of Daily Living:
- Light Housekeeping & Laundry
- Meal Preparation
- Errands & Transportation to Appointments
- Doctor prescribed (a physician has deemed it medically necessary for you or your loved one to receive care in the home)
- Skilled care (care is provided by nurses or health aides who’ve had special training)
- Home health care nurses can administer medication
- Aid with Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs
- Specialized caregiving in such areas as rehabilitation
A new service industry has emerged as people are choosing to stay in their homes. To help with growing need, service agencies have been developed. These agencies offer professional caretakers. The agencies help develop treatments plans that are tailored to the individual’s needs. Using agencies can also reduce the medical costs versus being in a long-term facility.
If you would like to explore options of home care for yourself, or someone you love, or you need a referral for home health services, please contact Morning Glory Home Care, Inc at 618-667-8400.