When it’s time to hire some type of senior care service, it’s important to decide in advance what kind of help your loved one needs. There are many elderly care services available that help them age in place for as long as possible or avoid moving into an assisted living facility. The two categories of care services are non-medical home care and home health care. Knowing the differences between them will help you determine which is best for your situation.
Non-Medical Home Care
This type of care is also known as personal care, companion care, or non-clinical care. Caregivers help with household tasks, provide companionship, and help seniors with daily activities that become more difficult with age, such as:
- Preparing meals
- Light housework
- Transportation to appointments and shopping
- Medication reminders
- Bathing and dressing
- Using the toilet
- Assistance with moving
Home Health Care
Home health care provides assistance with medical needs. Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and physical/occupational/speech therapists provide these services and you may need a prescription from a doctor for them, just like a medication prescription. These services may also be called clinical care or skilled care and they provide services such as:
- Administering medication, injections, and IVs;
- Assisting with recoveries from surgeries and illnesses;
- Monitoring vital signs and equipment;
- Wound care;
- Physical therapy;
- Occupational therapy;
- Speech-language therapy;
- Care for specific medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Some companies specialize in a certain type of care, such as Alzheimer’s/dementia or hospice, while others provide a wide variety of assistance; a home health care company may also offer personal care and light housekeeping services in case clients have those needs in their care plans.
If you need home health care services in the Schaumburg, IL area, you can count on the highly skilled caregivers at Assisting Hands Schaumburg. We provide non-medical home health care services to adults in a variety of situations, including adults with medical conditions or disabilities, people recovering from surgeries, new or expecting mothers, especially those with high risk pregnancies, seniors aging in place, and hospice patients. We help with all kinds of daily tasks, transportation, mobility issues, housekeeping, and more so they can continue to live in their own homes and avoid moving into an assisted living facility.