In-Home Care vs. Home Health Care

When most people hear the words “home health care” and “in-home care,” they assume those services are the same but as it turns out, there are some important differences.

Where Do You Begin?

Facing the fact that a family member needs an extended amount of care can often be daunting for many families. Coupled with the emotion of making important decisions daily, there is often a lack of clarity on the different types of care that are available to you or your loved ones.

Which type of care is best for your loved one?

What is the most realistic option, and affordable option for your family?

Answering these questions isn’t always easy, but in order to decide on the best option, it’s important to look at the most common forms of care.

One of the best decisions to start with is choosing between Home Health Care, and In-Home Care. Deciding on one of these options first can greatly help you to begin the necessary planning ahead and unwanted headaches.

What’s The Difference Between Home Health Care vs. In-Home Care?

Home Health Care Is Administered By A Professional Medical Worker

Requiring written consent from a physician, this kind of care is essentially private hospital care within a home which usually requires around-the-clock assistance. It can be a less expensive option when compared to those of most extended care facilities, but more expensive than typical in-home care service because in most of these cases a registered nurse attends to the individual, resulting in a higher hourly or 24 Hour Care charge.

Types of assistance potentially covered:

  • Medication Management
  • Case Management
  • Pain Management
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Post Surgery Care
  • Injections / IV Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Diabetic Care
  • Catheter Maintenance
  • Colostomy Maintenance
  • Private Nursing Duties

In-Home Care Is Administered By Someone Who Isn’t In A Professional Medical Field

This type of care is either often done by someone in the family, a trusted individual or in many cases, a friendly and compassionate Home Care Assistant or Certified Care-Aide. The individual assisting will help with the day-to-day tasks and activities that your loved one is used to, but can’t necessarily do on their own.

Types of assistance potentially covered:

  • Companionship
  • Personal Care
  • Home Support
  • Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care
  • Medication Reminders
  • Diet & Nutrition Planning
  • Hygiene Maintenance
  • Mobility Assistance
  • Laundry & Linens
  • Entertainment
  • Home Safety Maintenance
  • Appointments & Errands Assistance
Are They Always Completely Separate?

Despite how different they may seem, both Home Health Care and In-Home Care often meet on a common ground when it comes to the specific services provided.

In-home care-aides will consult with doctors or nurses when a change in physical routine is needed, or specific medication needs to be adjusted. Communication between both the care-aide and the medical professional is paramount. It’s up to the care-aide to relay any important information to the agency, family, and doctor and give updates on progress being made daily. The family is always involved with communication and plays an integral part of an individual’s overall well-being and road to recovery.

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