Home Health vs. Home Care
Often times in the Healthcare world, we hear the terms “Home Health” and “Home Care” interchanged as if they are the same services. While both are forms of care provided in a home setting, they are distinctly different.
Characteristics of Home Health:
• Short term (usually 6 weeks or less)
• Paid for by Medicare or a Medicare replacement plan
• Therapy based – Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, or Physical Therapy
• Medication management
• Wound Care
• Nursing Care
• Ordered by a Physician
Home Health is typically needed after an inpatient hospitalization, surgery, or when discharging from a skilled nursing facility.
Characteristics of Home Care
• Long term
• Paid for by Medicaid, Long Term Care Insurance, Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefits, or privately
• Assists with Activities of Daily Living (Hygiene Care, meal preparation, transportation, laundry, housekeeping, sitter services, etc.)
• Medication reminders
• Certified Nurses Assistant or Caregiver Care
Home Care is for patients that are looking to stay in their home as long as possible, and as safe as possible.
Home Health and Home Care are not exclusive services. A patient can receive both services simultaneously when coordinated by both participating parties.
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Safe driving requires fast reactions and good judgment. Another vehicle could pull out, causing the need for a driver to take defensive maneuvers to avoid an accident. As the body ages, health issues can arise that might make it unsafe to drive. Eyesight can deteriorate, reflexes aren’t as quick, and medication can even influence the senior’s awareness of the road and surrounding drivers. It is important to know when to give up the car keys so that no potentially deadly accidents take place.
Medications can greatly influence a driver’s ability to assess the road for potential dangers and to react quickly. Certain medications can cause bouts of dizziness and can seriously impair the driver’s reaction time. It is important for caregivers to check any medications the senior driver is taking and find out what side effects might occur. The caregiver should also speak with the senior’s healthcare provider and discuss whether it is safe to drive on the medications.
Get a Physical
As a person ages, the body does as well. Eyesight can weaken, hearing can lessen, and reactions become slower. If a caregiver suspects that it is not safe for a senior to drive, the caregiver should schedule a physical with a doctor. The physical should cover an eye exam, hearing test, as well as a comprehensive physical including reflex testing. After the healthcare provider has assessed the physical condition of the senior, a responsible decision can be made about the senior continuing to drive.
Look at Recent Driving History
Recent driving history can play a large part in whether a senior should continue driving or not. An increase in tickets or accidents, including small fender benders, can mean that the driver’s reaction time and reflexes has decreased. Even if there are no reported incidents, the caregiver can take a ride with the senior. The caregiver should then assess whether the senior follows all of the rules of the road and reacts appropriately to surrounding traffic.
Nicholas David is currently on tour with the Avett Brothers. He is a singer/songwriter that focuses on alternative soul music. He currently has a new original single titled “Say Goodbye” which has been a #1 hit on iTunes’ Alternative Chart and #2 on the Top Album Chart. Nicholas David publishes music through his label Wake the World. Nicholas David got his start as a nationally-known singer as a member of Team CeeLo on the famous NBC show, The Voice. His unique sound and easy-going personality won him the spot in the top three of fan favorites.
The Avett Brothers are a popular group of two brothers, Scott and Seth. The brothers are joined by Bob Crawford, playing vocals and bass, and Joe Kwon, playing the cello. This dynamic group combines the different sounds of bluegrass, country, punk, pop, rock and folk into melodious hit songs. They have been compared to such artists as Buddy Holly and the Beatles. Their hit single was named #16 on the Bilboard Top 200 in 2009 and since then they have continued to grow in popularity. They have made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and the PBS series Austin City Limits.
The Avett Brothers will be playing at the Morrison Center this Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The Morrison Center is Idaho’s premier performing arts center and is located on Boise State University’s campus. The doors open at 6:30 PM prior to the musical event, and the performance will begin at 7:30 PM sharp. Popular artist Nicholas David will provide the opening act before the Avett Brothers take the stage.
Tickets can be purchased online prior to the event. Tickets do range in price depending on the seating choices, but they begin at $29.50 and continue to increase with premium choice seating. Tickets prices are scheduled to increase the day of the performance. Purchase your tickets today and join us in a musical even you won’t forget.