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what is home care

Understanding the difference between home care and home health care in Annapolis is simple. Home health care is a skilled care service provided where a nurse, physical therapist or other health care professional comes to your home for a very short visit to perform specific client medical needs such as wound care or range of motion exercises. Home care is a scheduled service visit provided usually by a certified nursing assistant or medication technician where they assist their clients with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, transportation; any needs that person would require help with in their daily activities and routines. We often find both services working hand in hand to provide all the health care needs a client might need. We’ve had clients that are released from a rehabilitation facility on the contingency that they have home care assistance and will be visited weekly by a home health care professional, such as a physical therapist, to continue their rehabilitation. By having home care in place the client is able adhere to any health protocols (doctor’s visits, medication compliance etc.) and keep the focus on getting better.

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' 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.