What is Home Care?
Home Care is what we’re all about. Home care professionals, also known as caregivers, work with family members, community agencies, and medically trained professionals. like doctors and nurses to broaden the scope of care for seniors and provide better health outcomes. They are trained care providers who help families deal with the daily challenges of aging and provide the support necessary to allow elderly individuals to remain independent for as long as possible..
The goal of home care companies is to provide assistance and guidance for your aging loved ones from the comfort and safety of their own home. Services can be provided for those with chronic illnesses, disabilities, recovering from surgery, or simply for loved ones who are aging and need extra assistance. A home care professional provides a helping hand with everyday activities such as:
- Grooming and bathing
- Medication reminders
- Running errands (grocery shopping, prescription pick-up)
- Movement and mobility
Home Health Care vs. Non-Medical Home Care Services
Home health care is skilled care to help someone improve their health while at home. It comes after a doctor’s visit OR a hospital stay and is provided by medical professionals. This form of aid is often reserved for family members with a prescription from their doctor. Skilled professionals such as registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and different speech-language therapists. Care given depends upon doctor’s orders but is focused on the treatment of the illness or injury. Home health care is often referred to as skilled care, as it’s provided by medical professionals. What you get from home healthcare:
- Wound care
- Monitoring health status and illness progression
- Education of patient and family
- Physical therapy
- Prescription management
Non-medical home care is often referred to as unskilled care because the focus is on comforting and guiding loved ones through everyday activities rather than providing medical services. A prescription is not required because non-medical caregivers won’t tend to medical treatment needs. Home care and personal care are at the core of non-medical aid. Companionship, help with chores, and assistance with everyday activities are common. Non-medical home care assists with activities such as:
- Meal preparation
- Personal hygiene
- Social interaction
- Grocery shopping
- Help with bathing and getting dressed
Home health care and non-medical home care have the same goal in mind. Providing the tools, guidance, and knowledge to help patients regain their independence and comfort. Both services focus on putting the family’s mind at ease while they’re away from their loved one.
What is Private Duty Home Care?
Private duty home care is considered a subset of home care. The greatest similarity between the two is their goal. Like all home care options, the comfort of your loved one is at the center of private duty services. Professionals act as a guide for those with chronic illnesses or individuals who can’t tend to themselves but want to live at home. A unique aspect of private duty home care is the range of services. The scope of care includes both medical and non-medical. Depending on the needs of your loved-one, services provided by private duty home caregivers include:
- Hygiene upkeep
- Food planning
- Prescription pick-up
- Transportation daily needs
- Trained specialized care
The major difference between private duty home care and general home care is one’s form a payment. Home care is typically covered by health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, while private duty isn’t. Families are often left without full coverage medical insurance or Medicare supplemental insurance. This is where private duty home care can help. Instead, families can choose to pay out of pocket or through a long-term care insurance policy.
No matter the type of home care you choose, having a plan in place to keep your loved one safe and comfortable is key.