Home Healthcare or Home Care- What’s Right for Your Loved One?

Home Healthcare or Home Care- What’s Right for Your Loved One?

Frequently (and understandably) confused, Home Health and Home Care are two different services to help you or a loved one feel their best.

Home Healthcare is skilled care to help someone get healthy or recover while at home. This is typically after a hospital stay and provided by medical professionals. In order to receive home healthcare one must have a written prescription from a physician and the agency providing care must adhere to the plan laid out by the doctor. Home healthcare can also benefit those who have had recent medication changes and are in need of education related to potential side effects, or medication monitoring to ensure the medication is effective. For someone who shows a decline in overall physical functioning, physical and/or occupational therapy (provided in the home) can assist that person in regaining their independence.

What you can expect from Home Healthcare:

  • Skilled nursing
  • At-home physical therapy
  • Pain management
  • Caring for wounds
  • Prescription management
  • Social Work

The purpose of Home Care is to sustain and maintain your loved one’s quality of life in their home – keeping them both safe and comfortable. Home Care is beneficial to individuals having difficulty performing various activities of daily living. They may need help with daily living activities such as cleaning their house or doing the laundry.  Transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, obtaining groceries, or running errands is of benefit when a person no longer is able to drive.

Home Care services can also be of benefit to someone, who recently had surgery, resulting in limited mobility. In this instance, that person may benefit from both Home Healthcare and Home Care services.

What you can expect from Home Care:

  • Personal care: assistance with daily living activities such as grooming, feeding, hygiene, continence care and mobility
  • Moving around: getting in and out of the bed/shower
  • Companion care
  • Helping a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia by orienting them
  • Errands like grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions
  • Medication reminders

If you’d like more information on Home Care and Home Healthcare, visit our website at www.choosecovenant.org or call us at 855.CARE.365