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Hickory Hills Oak Brook, Oak Park and Southwest Suburbs

what is home care

There can be many misunderstandings about the differences between home care and home health care in Hickory Hills, Oak Brook and Oak Park. We work very closely with home health and hospice. The best example of this might be with nurses or physical therapists who work in the home health sector. If our caregiver is at someone’s home and notices that they are having difficulty with mobility, they will contact the physical therapist to get involved; or, if the client seems more tired or agitated, the let the nurse from home health know this so that the can call the doctor and see that everything is taken care of. Home health care services last an average of six weeks, whether there is improvement or not. A caregiver is a good addition to communicate if there are needs for more 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.