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Bethlehem Allentown, Easton and Surrounding Areas

what is home care

People often ask us to explain the difference between Home Care services and Home Health Care. Although the terms sound similar, they are in fact two very different types of services. One simple way to think about it is that Home Care services are the many things a trained family member could do to assist someone in remaining comfortably in their own home. Whereas Home Health Care services are provided by licensed professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists etc.

Many of our clients utilize both types of services. For example, our caregivers can get a client cleaned up and out of bed to be ready to work when their physical therapist arrives. A dietician might come in to provide Diabetes counselling from a Home Health company while a Home Care aide comes in to prepare the meals.

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:

  • 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:

  • 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 of Bethlehem 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.