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Cedar Rapids Linn County and Surrounding Areas

what is home care

It may come as a pleasant surprise to learn that quality home care and home health care offer complimentary services, so you might just find what you’re missing by adding home care services in Cedar Rapids to your life. Many of our clients think if we help with activities of daily living such as bathing or meal preparation that we don’t also help with things like housekeeping. We are happy to reassure them that we can do both. While helping with personal care, we can also do a load of laundry and vacuum the floors—in fact, that’s very common scenario with many of our clients. Take a look at the lists below for a better understanding of the differences in home care services and 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.