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Springfield, MA Serving Hampden County, MA

what is home care

At Homewatch CareGivers in West Springfield, we find that people have a lot of confusion about the differences between what home health care is and home care is.

In our community, home health care is considered the skilled side, which is covered by Medicare or Medicaid.  They provide Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. Most times, this is offered when a patient comes out of the hospital or a Rehabilitation Facility, or prescribed by their doctor. This is offered for a short period of time, at which point Medicare discharges them from this service.

Homewatch CareGivers is considered non-medical, as we are not Medicare or Medicaid certified. Our role is to work with the Home Health companies, to complement their services. We provide personal care, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, dressing, meal preparation, transportation, so our clients can live safe and independent in their homes.  

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.