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Crystal Lake McHenry, Lake, and Northwest Cook Counties

what is home care

At Homewatch CareGivers of Crystal Lake, we want you and your family to get the appropriate services for your needs. One of the best things we do for people being discharged from the hospital or rehab is to support their transition with in home care services. 

Home health (skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) are prescribed by the doctor to ensure recovery continues. The cost and resource constraints of long hospital stays are gone--for example, the average hospital stay for hip replacement surgery in 1991 was nearly 10 days and today it is just over 3 days. Adherence to therapy and medications is critical, but while home health can support that transition they are usually only there for 2-3 days a week and for an hour or less. Much of the compliance to therapy and medication is the patient’s responsibility. This is where home care can help, by removing the burden of daily activities such as meal preparation, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, bathing assistance, medication reminders and more. We keep the healing process moving forward and can monitor that gains are being made.

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.