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Grand Rapids and Greater Kent County

what is home care

Many clients have a preconceived notion that they just need a nurse. When we inquire about what their needs are, it is often the case that what the client really needs is someone to help with daily living activities — something a nurse can’t help with. 

In-home care, which Homewatch CareGivers of Grand Rapids provides, is non-medical in-home caregiving which addresses the daily living needs of a person, such as grocery shopping and cooking, while providing personal assistance and companionship.

Home healthcare is different than home care, but the two work together nicely. For example, an in-home caregiver can help a client wake-up, dress and be ready to receive physical therapy.They can also help ensure that clients follow a physical therapist’s instructions.

We recently had two clients — one who had cancer and was at a local rehab hospital, and a stroke patient who was coming home from the hospital.  Each client’s caregiver was trained on how to ensure they would have the best recovery possible.

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.