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Cincinnati North Hamilton, Butler, and Warren counties

what is home care

We understand that it can get confusing when trying to decide which services are most appropriate for your loved one.  There are subtle differences in terminology that are not as obvious as they should be. At Homewatch CareGivers of Cincinnati North we can help decode some of the confusing jargon.  For example, many believe home healthcare and home care provide the same services, and while they are similar there are a few key distinctions that separate them.

Home healthcare is best described as care ordered by your doctor that is limited and intermittent. This would include any at home Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), or Registered Nursing (RN) services that would be needed after a medical episode. Home care, on the other hand, offers services focused on supporting our client’s ability to stay comfortably and safely in their home.

Here’s an example of how home care and home healthcare can work together.  One of our clients, a 75-year old man who had joint replacement surgery, arranged to have his PT appointments at home. While the PT helped him with his recovery on the medical side, our home care services worked to make sure his home was a safe and conducive place while he recovered.  He used a Cincinnati North caregiver throughout his recovery to help him complete his therapy exercises, do some of the chores around the house, prepare meals, help him with errands, and take him to his follow-up doctor appointments.  We were available for as many or as few hours as he needed during his recovery.  Let’s make some distinctions between home care and home healthcare.

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.