What is Home Care? What is Home Health Care?
What do you need?
You are worried about your loved one and just want to make sure they are safe. You are looking for answers about the difference between home-health-care and home care.
What is home healthcare?
Home healthcare is skilled care to help someone get healthy while at home. It comes after a doctor’s visit or a hospital stay. It’s services provided by medical professionals.
What you get from home health care:
•At-home physical therapy
•Caring for wounds
•Rehabilitation and recovery from a health problem or a disease
What is home care?
That’s what we do. We are about sustaining and maintaining your loved one’s quality of life in their home – keeping them safe and comfortable.
What you get from home care:
• Help with personal grooming like bathing or getting dressed
• Help with moving around and getting in and out of bed or the shower
• Medication reminders
• Helping a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia by grounding and orienting them
• Help with errands like grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions
• Help preparing meals
• Help with household chores like vacuuming or doing laundry
• Companionship and friendship so your loved one is not alone
Help with these and other daily-living activities can help your loved one stay independent.
How does home care work with home healthcare?
We both have the same goal of keeping your loved one in their home and we work together to make that happen. A skilled home-health-care professional changes your loved one’s prescriptions while an in-home caregiver helps them remember to take medications day in and day out. A home-health-care agency can change your loved one’s therapy if it’s not working, while an in-home caregiver is there to encourage them to accomplish those therapies and to watch for problems and let the therapist know.
Care Transitions: Avoiding Hospitalizations
A major danger to helping people stay at home comes into play just after they leave the hospital. The transition from the hospital to home is full of risks, from medication mismanagement, falls, and failing to follow medical advice. It is important your loved one gets the proper help and avoid the dangers that can keep them returning to the hospital again and again. To solve the care transitions problem, Homewatch CareGivers helps by Navigating Care, addressing individual needs through person-centered care and open communication.
Read about care transitions and the Homewatch CareGivers solution.
Why is home care better than a facility with regular skilled care?
It comes down to independence. According to the AARP, 92 percent of people over the age of 65 want to stay in their home as long as possible because they don’t want to give up their freedom. When your loved one stays at home, they retain their sense of self – instead of becoming part of a facility’s machine. In-home care helps them keep that value, letting them live their life on their schedule, not a facility’s. They can take a bath when they want to take a bath, not when the facility has time for them. The goal is to customize a care plan for each individual – this is not a one-size-fits-all process.
How does Homewatch CareGivers do that?
It starts with an in-home assessment. The first important step is to go into your loved one’s home and look for fall risks to make sure they are safe. We believe in working with you, listening to your concerns, to create a care plan that works around your schedule and addresses your loved one’s individual needs. Then the goal is to find a caregiver for them that is a perfect match. That doesn’t just mean they work with your schedule – in addition to performing a background check, it’s key to examine their character so you are confident they are the right person for your family.
What about the 24-hour care I get in a facility?
Home care gives you flexibility. Caregivers can be there from two hours to 24 hours. The option of how you get what your loved one needs remains in your hands. The first care plan you create is not set in stone. If new challenges arise, home-care specialists can adapt and change as you or your loved one needs. The point is to be there when you can’t and this is the peace of mind you’re looking for.
Do I need this now or should I wait?
This does not have to be something you reach out for only after your loved one has had a fall or a health scare. If you bring a caregiver in before something like this happens, they can find obstacles in the home that could cause a fall or lessen the impact of a health scare. It only takes one accident to dramatically change someone’s quality of life.
Does Homewatch CareGivers accept payments from Medicare? Are you expensive?
Homewatch CareGivers’ home-care services are generally private pay, but many clients use long-term care insurance. There are many options for you to use to cover the expenses and what you learn about the affordability and comfort of home care will surprise you. Learn more about the cost of home care here.
I am ready to start in-home care services, what's next?
Contact your local Homewatch CareGivers office today. If you prefer to pick up the phone and call, find a home care agency in your area by entering the zip code of the person who needs care in the Contact your Local Home Care Team today box above.