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South Orange Serving Essex, Morris and Union Counties

what is home care

Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange combines home health care with custom home care to ensure each client's needs are met. It’s a question we get regularly in South Orange: What is home care? We understand that there is confusion out there between the various services available—primarily between home care and home health care--to the elderly and people living with chronic conditions who might need assistance with daily activities in their home.

One way we like to explain is that home care is—or can be—a long-term service. We have had many clients for years ​and we have had many clients for just a couple of days after a surgery. Home care is not just client-focused; it is family-focused too. Home health care is generally patient-focused and short-term in nature. 

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. By definition, it is is short term in nature. Home healthcare includes:

  • Skilled nursing
  • At-home physical therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Caring for wounds
  • Prescription management
  • Covered by most medical insurance

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
  • Generally not covered by medical insurance

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.