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Coeur d’Alene Medimont and Kootenai Counties

what is home care

When folks in Coeur d’Alene ask us about the difference between home care and home health care, we explain that what we do is non-medical. We do not have nurses on staff to provide services directly to our clients. What see often happen is that someone will have home health care—a nurse or therapist—and they want or need more. But home health care is typically only in the home three times a week and that’s where we come in. We’re here to fill in the gaps with what home health cannot do for you like transport you to a doctor’s appointment or cook a meal for you. Home health care might only  be able to  be in the home for a few hours a week, but we can be there for 24 hours if necessary.

Home Healthcare

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. Get tips on this approach to care here.