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what is home care

It is very common—even in the healthcare community—for people in Framingham an elsewhere to be confused about the difference between home care and home health care. The similar names don’t help to clear up the confusion and these services can overlap.

The list bellow gives some examples of the differences between home care and home health care. One example that might help illustrate each service involves a client of ours, a 72-year old woman who lives independently. She was prescribed a physical therapist, which is part of home health care and covered by insurance. The physical therapist would come to the house a couple of days each week for one hour. On the days that the physical therapist was not there, our caregiver was there to make sure that the woman did not fall when doing her exercises. In this way, each service benefitted the woman. 

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.