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Home Care or Home Health Care?

Home Care or Home Health Care

Home Care or Home Health Care?

Most people often think home care and home health are the same. Most agencies use both terms, depending on the area you are located in. The terms sound similar and both types of care are administered in the home. But there are several differences between home health care and home care.

Home Care or Home Health Care

Home health is administered by licensed medical professionals. Further, the type of care encompassed by home health care covers multiple ailments and diseases, including postoperative care, physical therapy and treatment of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and chronic health conditions. Educating yourself on the differences can help you decide which type of care fits your needs and budget.

 Many people transition to home health care after a stay in a rehab center, hospital, or skilled nursing facility. The ultimate goals are to help people recover and stay as independent as possible.  Ability Nursing offers skilled and Non-Skilled Nursing Care in Palm Beach County.

Here are several examples of Home Health Care: 

Home health care services address intermittent, or periodic, needs and may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Nursing
  • Wound care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Patient and Caregiver education
  • Help with daily activities: bathing and dressing from a home health aide

When ordered by a doctor, Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans will cover the cost of home health services for eligible patients.

Home Care Definition:

Home Care is receiving help with daily activities to allow people to stay safe at home. Often it is used by seniors with chronic illness, those with disabilities and people recovering from surgery. Home care is also referred to as personal care, custodial care, companion care, or homemaker services.

Home Care or Home Health Care

Here are several examples of home care:

Home care services may include:

  • Bathing, toileting, dressing and grooming
  • House cleaning and other chores
  • Companionship
  • Transportation
  • Medication reminders
  • Meal preparation

Most seniors pay for home care out of pocket. In some cases, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage or long-term insurance will cover the costs of home care.

Call Ability Nursing now to learn how we can help in referring home care or skilled nursing care to you or a loved one in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington and all of the Palm Beach County areas.

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