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Garland Eastern Dallas and Rockwall Counties

what is home care

We understand that you may have questions about the types of services available to keep your family safe and healthy in Garland, East Dallas County and Rockwall County. The two types of care that immediately come to mind are Home Health Care and Home Care. Home Health Care encompasses many of the activities associated with a traditional hospital, skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation center. Some of these activities include Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Wound Care. Home Care encompasses many of the other activities provided to a patient at a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation facility. Activities that maintain, enhance, and improve a patient’s quality of life. These activities include help with personal grooming, ambulation and mobility, and medication reminders. They also include lesser thought of but no less important activities. Companionship, meal preparation, assistance with a hobby that time has made more difficult. Perhaps a loved one enjoyed basic landscaping and maintained a flower garden, but can no longer do the upkeep of a flower bed. Our caregivers can assist, and this type of activity can be included in a plan of care.

One of our clients lived alone in Eastern Rockwall County with his dog, far from the nearest pet store.  This client had regular home health visits, providing basic nursing care for his medical needs. Our plan of care included regular visits to the pet store, providing basic emotional care for his spirit. In addition to working with the home health company to ensure the client adhered to his home health instructions and routines, our caregivers were there to provide for his mental and emotional needs, including his need to be a friend to ‘man’s best friend’.

Below are some distinctions between home health care and home care.

Home Health Care

After a doctor’s visit or stay in the hospital, skilled care in the home is arranged in order to get you or a loved one back on your feet. Home healthcare includes:

home health care may include:
  • Skilled nursing
  • At-home physical therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Caring for wounds
  • Prescription management

Home Care

Home care is about sustaining and maintaining your loved one’s quality of life in their home by assisting with activities of daily living:

home care may include:
  • 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
  • Help with errands and chores
  • Companionship and friendship so your loved one is not lonely
  • Help preparing meals

How do home care and home healthcare work together?

While a skilled home healthcare professional changes your loved one’s prescriptions, an in-home caregiver helps them remember to take medications day in and day out. A home healthcare agency can change your loved one’s therapy if it’s not working, and an in-home caregiver is there to encourage them to accomplish those therapies. At Homewatch CareGivers' our person-directed approach to caregiving helps an individual to the best of their current abilities so that they continue to feel empowered and fulfilled.