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Chapel Hill Serving Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties

what is home care
Due to the complexity and diversity of our health care system home care is often confused with home health care in Chapel Hill. Although both home care and home health care imply that care is delivered at home, the type of care and sources paying for this care are different. Home care is non-medical personal care and companionship such as assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, meals, light housekeeping, transportation, exercises and other activities of daily living (ADLs). Home health provides skilled care such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, wound therapy, etc. delivered by registered nurses or LPNs. Home health services are generally authorized by a physician after major medical events, hospitalization or rehabilitation, are paid by Medicare, Medicaid or most health insurances but only for a limited 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.