Home Care vs Home Health Care

When deciding what the next steps are for you or a loved one, it can be confusing whether to choose Home Care or Home Health Care. The difference is broken out below so you fully understand the benefits and services Seniors Helping Seniors North Orlando can provide for you.

Home Care

Seniors Home Care

The key thing to keep in mind is that home care is nonmedical care. Home care workers are caregivers who receive training but are not medical professionals. However, in some instances, caregivers may be retired nurses or medical professionals that have a strong understanding of health issues.

Home care services typically include assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and mobility. With Seniors Helping Seniors North Orlando we also provide cooking, cleaning, transportation, and medication reminders.

In terms of frequency, in-home care services may be scheduled anywhere from three hours a week to 24/7. It all depends on the level of service you or your loved one needs.

Typically, home care services are charged on an hourly or flat-rate basis, with costs depending on your location and level of service needed.

Home Health Care

Unlike home care, home health care refers to medical services provided to people in their home. Mainly designed for those who need medical attention at home while recovering from an illness or injury - it’s typically a short-term service available for an hour or two each week.

Home health care services are provided by skilled medical professionals such as nurses, therapists, and medical social workers, with care including medication administration, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more. Meals, personal care, and round-the-clock care are not included.

Homebound seniors must get a doctor’s order to qualify for home health care, and services are usually covered by private health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare.