When most people hear the words “home health care” and “in-home care,” they assume those services are the same. It turns out there are some important differences.
Home health care is skilled care from medical professionals. Written orders from a doctor are needed to start home health care. This helps older adults recover at home from a health issue. It’s usually less expensive, more convenient, and as effective as care from a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). Services can include:
• Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
• At-home physical, occupational, or speech therapy
• Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
• Intravenous (IV) or nutrition therapy
• Pain management
Here are two examples where in-home care and home health care services can work together to help your older adult.
• An in-home caregiver helps them remember to take daily medications.
• A home health nurse can adjust or change medications as needed.
• A home health agency can work with the doctor to adjust physical therapy if it’s not working.
• An in-home caregiver is there to encourage your older adult to do their physical therapy exercises, watch for problems, and let the physical therapist know how the exercises are going.
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In-home care services are non-medical and primarily help older adults with the activities of daily living. The main goal is to keep them safe and comfortable in their own homes. Services can include:
• Help with personal grooming, like bathing or getting dressed
• Help with moving around, getting in and out of bed or the shower
• Medication reminders
• Help preparing meals
• Help with household chores like vacuuming or doing laundry
• Companionship and friendship