If your loved one is recovering from surgery, they may require a different level of care than if they have a chronic medical condition and just need help with day-to-day activities around the house like meal prep and light housekeeping. If you’re trying to decide between home health care and home care, they may sound like the same type of service, but they are different. This blog post will examine home health vs. home care to help you make a more informed decision.
If your loved one has a chronic medical condition that must be treated and they need help in the home, home care may be a good option. Professional caregivers can assist with everything your loved one needs — like cooking, light cleaning, doing laundry or shopping, personal care or companionship — to be safe and comfortable, excluding healthcare. Services typically include:
Home health care services are typically provided after discharge from the hospital or outpatient surgery. They can help your loved one get to follow-up appointments and/or perform any of the basic recovery recommendations prescribed by their physician or surgeon. A doctor’s referral allows your family member to contract with a licensed home health care agency, who will dispatch registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and occupational, speech or physical therapists as needed. Some conditions that may require short-term home health care include:
Under the RN’s supervision, other members of the health care team provide medical care on a daily or multiple days per week, as needed. Depending on the care plan, your loved one’s medical care may consist of these types of care:
Because these services are medical and similar to the care provided in assisted living or a skilled nursing facility, they may be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and/or a private health insurance carrier or long-term care insurance.
There are many situations in which in-home care and home health care providers work together. Someone recovering from a major health event usually needs support from both home care for everyday needs and home health care for specialized therapy to continue their recovery. For example:
As faith-based, not-for-profit senior living communities, we provide a safe, secure and engaging lifestyle focused on you, including different types of home care. To learn more about all the available home health care and home care options at Friendship Village Chesterfield and Friendship Village Sunset Hills, contact us using this form.