The language in the aging network can be confusing (Home Health, Home Care, Assisting Living, Nursing Home, CCRC, NORC, CNA, Caregiver, Home Aide!) and those within the field forget that new patients tend to use certain words interchangeably (as I did before owning my own home care). So, what is the difference between home care and home HEALTH care and which one is right for you?
Home Health Care:
Home Health Care refers to skilled care by a nurse, occupational therapist, or other skilled professional. Home health care might include services such as changing bandages, giving injections, providing therapy, and administering health tests.
Home care refers to non-medical assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLS) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLS).
You often hear home care providers use these terms because they help us evaluate the level of care needed by your loved one.
Someone typically needs to feel confident in completing all the tasks below in order to live independently.
Caregivers and Certified Nursing Assistants are trained to provide assistance to patients in completing these activities in their daily lives:
Activities of Daily Living (ADLS):
- Toileting/Incontinence Care
- Transferring/mobility assistance
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLS)
- Preparing Meals
- Cleaning the House
- Taking prescribed medication
- Money Management
- Driving or using public transportation
- Shopping for food, toiletries, and other necessities
Which one is right for you?
Your social worker or discharge manager at the hospital may suggest a plan of action for you on your return home.
Today, older adults are living longer, with conditions that render them frail for long periods of time. Their health may be stable, and a home care worker is the best option to help him or her live independently.
Questions? Feel free to give me a call for a chat! We provide local Home Care Aides or can refer you to a trusted Home Health partner.