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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