Home care and home healthcare are distinct, and it is essential to distinguish between them to find the best-fit caregiver and determine the optimal way to pay for services.
Simply put, Home Health Care provides clinical services, whereas Home Care offers strictly non-clinical help with daily living. For instance, Home Health Care services are administered at home by a health care professional, like a Registered Nurse or a Therapist and is often prescribed as part of a care plan. It includes medical testing, medication administration and different types of therapy, including physical, occupational and speech-language.
Home Care, on the other hand, focuses on providing the elderly with assistance in their daily activities. It involves strictly non-medical personal care such as bathing, dressing, meal prep, medication reminders and assistance with transportation and mobility. Home care aides are trained to provide companionship and help the elderly with light housework.
Home Health Care is also different from Hospice care which offers assistance to individuals to achieve the best quality of life during a terminal illness.