Though you may hear someone use the terms “home care” and “home health care” interchangeably, these types of services are vastly different. A good way to think about home care vs. home health is to remember the differences between non-medical vs. medical services. Home care involves the personal assistance of a caregiver while home health is administered by a registered nurse or therapist.
To help you understand the differences, so you can understand which type of home care program is right for you or a loved one, here’s a quick breakdown of what you can expect:
What Is Home Care?
The goal of home care services is to allow individuals the opportunity to live independently at their homes, rather than needing to move to a nursing facility. Personal care assistants (or PCAs) receive payment for providing non-medical care to individuals under this program. And many of these personal assistants can include family members and/or close friends of the recipient of care.
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Home care services center around helping a client or loved one perform daily activities, such as eating, toileting, grooming, bathing, and mobility. Other home care services may include:
- Long-term assistance with meal planning, money managing, and grocery shopping
- Long-term help performing daily household chores, getting around the house and neighborhood, and participating in community events and activities
- Long-term support in performing health-related activities, such as range of motion exercises, seizure intervention, or ventilator suctioning
Home care services are available to children, adults, and seniors. How it works is the client (recipient in need of care) will undergo a PCA assessment, and depending on his or her PCA program and agency, will have the option to choose a personal caregiver.
What Is Home Health Care?
Similar to home care, home health care takes place in a client’s home, but the type of services provided are typically performed short term (e.g. 2-4 weeks). Some other differences of home health care services include:
- Physical Therapy
- Supervised Administration of Medications
- Monitoring of Medications
- Pain management
To become a home health care provider, you will need additional education and either a nursing degree or medical certification to perform the required duties.
Finding Quality Home Care Near You
If you, or a loved one, is in need of home care services to perform daily activities to live independently, contact Best Care today to learn about getting started with PCA services. We’ll help you schedule your PCA assessment and even train a personal caregiver of your choice to provide support and care to you while you live at home.