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Home care and home health care are two distinct types of in-home care that are both provided in a home setting.
Home care is referred to as personal care or companion care. This type of home care is considered “unskilled” or “non-clinical.” Home care is provided by aides who are trained to provide assistance to a person in their home.
Services provided by home care aides may include:
Many aging adults are able to rely on adult children or other family members to provide care for them at home, but not everyone has family or a specific friend available to help them. If someone is aging alone, without family or close friends, they can become socially and physically isolated and withdrawn, and succumb to depression. Personal interactions are enhanced by having someone to talk to, share with, provide transportation to appointments, go shopping or for a drive. Home care aide’s contribute to the well-being of aging seniors.
Home health care may be provided by a registered nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist or other skilled medical professionals, and is often prescribed as part of a care plan following release from the hospital or nursing facility.
Home health care services may include:
Skilled nursing – Services performed by or under the supervision of a licensed or certified nurse to treat injury or illness.
Physical Therapy, including:
Speech-Language Pathology services, including:
Aging is a fact of life, and with that is the potential for dementia or other serious illness. Making a home health care plan now is a smart choice. Early planning gives a person the opportunity to voice their wishes for a time in later life when they might be incapable of making their own decisions. Kansas City has many available options when making a home health care plan.
Seniors may choose to make an ‘aging alone’ home health care plan. Involving the help of medical caregivers can help make a plan that helps them to stay content, comfortable, independent, and safe. Whether doing it alone or asking for help, a home health care plan should be created.
“Home health providers benefit from a home health care plan. Having clear guidelines in place helps them to provide the proper care as set forth in the care plan.”
Many families find that combining home health and home care services can be the best option for a senior in some circumstances, such as when the person is recovering at home following hospitalization. Home health staff addresses clinical and rehabilitative needs, while a home care aide helps with personal care, household tasks and other things the senior may need assistance with during the recovery period.
“In a previous article, we discussed making a community health care plan. You can review it HERE.”
Anyone tasked with the care of an elderly person will benefit from a home health care plan. If you or someone you are caring for would like to speak with a Care Manager, we are available to meet with you and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call us at 913-663-5000, or visit our website. Home Care Assistance