There are various levels of care within the health care spectrum, from companion care that includes helping individuals with medication reminders and meal preparation in their own homes, to the highly complex acute care that hospitals provide. Home care services provided by Homewatch CareGivers are at the less medically complex end of the spectrum, but can range from companion care to complex personal care (explained more detail in Levels of Service page). Homewatch CareGivers’ home care services are typically paid for through private pay or long term care insurance, and sometimes through Medicaid or VA programs.
Homewatch CareGivers franchise owners hire home care aides and certified nursing assistants to provide companionship and personal care services – and in some cases more medically complex services – wherever a client calls home. The goal of home care is to allow an individual to remain living in their preferred environment as long as possible, regardless of age or disability.
Home care, however, is not the same as skilled nursing services provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies, though the two are often confused with one another and often work together in the home to care for a patient’s full range of needs. Home health care is intermittent or short-term, skilled care provided by a licensed professional and is often paid for by Medicare or health insurance benefits. Though home care agencies are regulated in many states, our services are not therapeutic or curative in nature and, therefore, are not covered by Medicare or health insurance.
Home health companies often work in conjunction with palliative care or hospice to provide a full continuum of therapeutic services to patients and their families, especially at the end of life. Hospice usually involves a team of nurses, physicians, spiritual counselors, and volunteers who provide comprehensive support to families dealing with end of life issues. Most hospices are Medicare certified. Home care services, such as those provided by Homewatch CareGivers can deliver supplemental support to hospice patients, and home care agencies often work hand in hand with both the home health and hospice companies to provide a total care solution.