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Birmingham and surrounding areas

what is home care

Home care and home health care in Birmingham might sound like the same thing, but they are two very different kinds of services to help people continue to live as independently as possible. That is not to say that these two services don’t work well together. The ideal situation is when we can work hand-in-hand to the benefit of our clients. Although we cannot administer medicine, home healthcare can do this and we can be there for other needs. For example, we had a client who was living with ALS and was non-weight bearing.  While there was someone else on hand to handle the feeding tube and morphine pump, we trained caregivers to use a Hoyer lift for transferring him.

This list below highlights some of the services we can offer and those typically performed by home health care. 

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.