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Haddon Township serving Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties

what is home care

Do you know the difference between home care and home HEALTH care?  Quite a few people think that they are the same thing.  But, they are different. We at Homewatch CareGivers of Haddon Township/Westmont, provide our clients with home care.  Which means that we assist our clients with activities of daily living. This includes; assistance with personal care and hygiene, light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, linen changes, medication reminders, errands, transportation, and other activities that will help you to stay safely and independently in your home.  This is considered “custodial care” and is rarely covered by insurance, which means that these services are normally paid for privately by the client or the client’s family.

Home health care is generally provided when the client requires help considered to be a “skilled need.”   Some examples of skilled needs are; they need care by a nurse, require wound care, they could be receiving Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy or Speech Therapy.  Home health care visits are generally covered by insurance.  

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.