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St. Louis Serving St. Charles and Jefferson Counties

what is home care

In St. Louis, home care is different than home healthcare in several ways. Primarily, home care is non-medical and home healthcare is a medical or skilled service. Home healthcare is usually for  an illness or injury that is treated by a nurse or physical therapist. Home care, on the other hand, is for health concerns due to aging, which can receive attention from a caregiver without a medical background. He/she helps with activities of daily living like cooking, cleaning, bathing and laundry.

Often, home healthcare and home care come together when caring for a client or patient. The caregiver attends the at-home PT/OT sessions so as to be able to help with exercising after therapy has ended. Caregivers also remind clients about medications prescribed by physicians.

While home healthcare is absolutely necessary for the health of clients, quite often home care significantly improves their lives as well.

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.