“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”
Home care and home health are distinct types of care which are both provided in a home setting, but most people aren’t aware of the differences and use these terms interchangeably. The key difference is that “home care” is non-clinical care and “home health” is clinical care.
Home health care is clinical medical care provided by an registered nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist or other skilled medical professionals, and is often prescribed as part of a care plan following a hospitalization.
HOME HEALTH SERVICES
Home health care services include:
Therapy and skilled nursing services
Administration of medications, including injections
Monitoring of health status
By loving you more, you love the person you are caring for more.
Home care is provided by caregivers, usually called home care aides, who are trained to understand the nuances of senior care. Home care aides can help older adults with activities of daily living, or just offer some friendly companionship. Unlike home health, home care is classified as personal care or companion care and is considered “unskilled” or “non-clinical.”