Home care vs. home health care. Although they sound similar, it is important to understand the differences between home care and home health care services. While they are often both needed at the same time, they are very different and meet different needs.

What is home care?

Home care encompasses non-medical care services. Home care from Select Home Care Pasadena helps seniors live independently at home for as long as possible. Home care services are delivered by caregivers, Certified Nurse Assistants and Certified Home Health Aides. Home care can supplement home health care. In fact, the combination of home care and home health care can delay the need for long-term nursing home care. Here are the basic services that a home care provider can offer:

  • Alzheimer’s and dementia care
  • Medication reminders
  • Dressing, bathing, grooming and hygiene assistance
  • Meal preparation and planning
  • Mobility assistance and supervision
  • Light housekeeping
  • Companionship
  • Hourly, daily or live-in care

Paying for home care

  • Private payment
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Veteran’s Aid & Attendance benefits
  • Worker’s compensation insurance

So, what about home health care?

Home health care is medically oriented with the goal of recovering from an illness or injury. Home health services are ordered by doctors and are provided by Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists.

  • Administration of medications
  • Therapy and skilled nursing services
  • Medical tests
  • Monitoring of health condition
  • Wound care

Paying for home health care

  • Private insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Private payment

So the bottom line for home care vs. home health care? Be informed. It’s good to know in advance what type of care you or your loved one needs and what your payment options are. Also, there are many times when home health and home care services working together is the best option, for instance, when your senior loved one is recovering from a hospitalization. A home health nurse can provide the medical assistance needed and the home care provider assists with personal caregiving, meal preparation, and household chores.

Select Home Care Pasadena wants you to be informed of your options to make the best decisions possible. Please contact anyone on our staff to discuss your home care needs. We are a family owned business providing home care to seniors in Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia, and surrounding areas.