Let me start of my series of blogs about Home Care with what Home Care is NOT. Throughout the years, There has been a lot of misconceptions about Home Care. One of them is that it has been used interchangeably with Home Health which should not be. Home Care is a lot different in many aspects. With this, I’m going to outline some of the most common differences between Home Care and Home Health below:
Misconceptions about Home Care:
- Home Care is the same with Home Health- Home Care ( Non-medical ) vs Home Health ( Medical )
When we say “ Home Health” , This means medical services and when we say Home Care, this means Non-medical services. To clearly define Medical vs Medical services, I have a breakdown of their differences.
Medical Services – These services are medically related and can only be performed by a medical professional who is trained to do a certain procedure. Example of Home Health workers:
- Registered Nurse
- Physical therapist
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Occupational Therapist
- CNA – Certified Nursing Assistants
What are the most common medical services:
- Wound dressing
- Vital signs taking
- Physical Therapy
- Patient or caregiver education- Health Teachings
- Iv Injections/therapy
- Medication administration- Oral medications or IV medications and G-tube care- Feeding and administration of medication
Discharged from the hospital. You will need a doctor’s order to avail Home Health care. If you need it , your doctor will prescribe it and case manager will make sure you get the services you need upon coming home. If you are being discharged with an active wound that needs dressing changes or a wound vac that needs to be frequently checked and changed, you will need a registered nurse to do that. A RN will go to your house after discharge and check your vital signs, do dressing changes if need be and give you health teachings. They will only be there for 1 hour or so, 2 hours the most. They will only perform tasks which are MEDICAL tasks- some are mentioned above. These services are covered and paid by Medicare.
Non-medical Services – These services are Non-medical related and can be rendered by a trained caregiver to provide care such as :
- Private duty caregiver
- Personal Care
- Light housekeeping
- Meal Preparation
- Live-in Care
Discharged from the hospital. Depending on the reason of hospitalization and condition after discharge, not all patients go home and expect to return to their normal full physical condition to do their normal activities of daily living, take care of themselves and at the same time do their house chores. If, for example you had a knee surgery , developed a pressure ulcer while in the hospital and are prescribed a lot of medications that could affect your balance and all the more affects your chances of falling. Now, of course , A RN and Physical therapist will be sent to your house after discharge to see how you are recovering after hospitalization but they will not be there to assist you with your daily basic needs. Who will prepare your meals for you? Who will assist you if you want to go to the bathroom? Who will do your laundry for you and run your errands? This is where Home Care comes in. Personal care is something only Home Caregivers can provide aside from our family members. You can recover from hospitalization, get private duty support in the comfort of your own home. The best thing about Home Care is that they can be there for as long as you want them to. Here at J & E Home Care, we provide Home Care assistance from 2 hours – 24 hours. We aim to be flexible with our rates, too, and make sure you can get all the support you need without being a financial burden to you and your family.
One of the difference with Home Health is that Home Care is Private pay which means it will be out of pocket unless you have an insurance policy which has a long term care insurance attached to it.
- Home Care is the same with Care Home – Home Care ( in-home ) vs Care Home ( in-facility )
Care home might have the same words as Home Care but they are very different. Let me shed some light on this. Care home is a residential home where you will be residing with other elderly people living with you. They will have staff to take care of you all day. The staff will usually have 1 to 10 patient to staff ratio.
Home Care is a personalized care for an individual in the comfort of their own home. A home Care agency will send out a caregiver to your house and make sure all your needs are taken cared of. In other words, it’s a one-on-one care. The caregiver doesn’t have any other client to take care of but you!
- Home Care is Expensive
The National Average Home Care Cost according to https://longtermcare.acl.gov/costs-how-to-pay/costs-of-care.html is $20.00 / hour – Depending on your geographical location. Now if you find this expensive, please be reminded that if you or your loved one falls at home due to being alone and get a broken hip, will have to undergo surgery and recover after , All the more it would be expensive for everybody. As the saying goes “ Prevention is better than cure”
Here at J & E Home Care, LLC, we are very flexible with our rates and we make sure to give you the care that you and your loved one deserves without being a financial burden to you and your family. Our rates are below national average, because it is most important to us to put our clients first at all times.