One question that often arises is what is the difference between in-home care and home health care? These two separate but similar types of care are easy to confuse, even health care professionals mistakenly use the two terms interchangeably. Let’s take a quick look at each type of care and then dig a little deeper into both:
When an older adult or a person with a disability or otherwise needs support with their activities of daily living, a home care agency can be an ideal solution. In-home caregivers can provide assistance with tasks that support independence:
In some states, home care agencies can also provide medication reminders.
To help low-income seniors and people with disabilities pay for in-home care, most cities, counties, and states have funding programs available. For many seniors, however, the majority of home care services are paid for using the client’s private funds.
Home health care agencies are staffed by nurses and therapists who assist patients receiving skilled services in their homes. Here are a few examples of the medical support they provide:
Most home health care agencies are reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies. Private payment is less common for these services than for private duty home care.
In order for Medicare to cover home health services, the patient must meet three criteria:
If you or someone you love will be discharged from the hospital soon, consider combining in-home care with home health services. Blending the two can allow your loved one to continue their recovery in the privacy of their home. Doing so can also help lower the risk of being readmitted to the hospital.
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