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Saint Charles Aurora, Wheaton and Naperville

what is home care
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between home health care and home care is?  You are not alone and here at Homewatch Caregivers in St. Charles, Il we are frequently asked that question.  We have found that by providing home care services, our clients are able to stay in their home and live more fulfilling lives.

Although able to be independent sometimes there is need for household help.  Our providers often do laundry, prepare meals, take clients on errands and to medical appointments.  Often grooming help is needed and our caregivers can shampoo hair, provide shower assist to prevent falls, or help with oral hygiene.    

Companionship is need as many clients’ adult children are employed and can only visit certain times.  Our office once found a Spanish speaking caregiver for a client who had reverted to only speaking Spanish, his native language, so that he would have a conversational outlet.  This gave his children great comfort that he was not isolated and unable to communicate with others for prolonged periods of time.

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.