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Evansville Newburgh, Princeton and Surrounding Areas

what is home care

The question we hear from many prospective clients in Evansville is, “What do you mean non-skilled?” There can be a lot of confusion between home care and home health care. What we tell people is that we can’t do anything that involves medical treatment. For example, we can’t give medicines but we can give medication reminders or take someone to their appointment with a health care provider. Also people do not realize that we can provide our services for as much or as little time as is needed.

Sometimes our services do overlap with home health care, and it’s a win-win. One of our clients is a man in his 60s who is living with diabetes and before the home health nurse comes in once a week, our caregiver comes and gets him bathed, dressed, and ready for his dialysis treatment. While the home health nurse is there, the caregiver can leave to run a few errands for the client.

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.