The Difference Between Home Care and Home Health Care


Home care and home health care do not sound very different, but they certainly are. Home care is also known as non-medical home care; this name can offer insight into the important distinction between home care and home health care. Home care is usually provided by a certified agency that employs non-medical professionals. The caregivers are able to offer many services, but none of them include skilled medical care. A home health agency provides skilled medical care usually through nurses and occupational therapists.

Home care services typically include homemaking, cooking and delivering meals, bed and wheelchair transfers, medication reminders, transportation, travel companion services, companion care, respite care, and personal care such as help with bathing, dressing, and eating. Home health care services can include taking blood pressure, checking vitals, dressing wounds, and other medical care.

Home care is intended to help people perform daily tasks that they are not able to do alone while home health care is often intended to help patients recover at home or remain at home when they might otherwise need to be in a hospital or nursing home. As a way to keep a person out of a nursing home or as a way to reduce hospitalization, both home care and home health care are useful.

Both forms of care can be used on a short-term or long-term basis, depending on the needs of the individual requiring care. Home care is usually the less expensive of the two, but this is because home health care requires more skilled care providers.

Home health care and home care can also be used jointly. A person can have both a home health care professional visit them for their medical needs and a home care provider visit them for their daily living needs. For some, using both home care and home health care is the best option.

If you are considering using either home care or home health care, it is important to know the difference between the two. Mile High Home Care mainly offers home care, but it offers home health care options as well. Contact us at 303-429-5805 for more information.


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