Home Health and Home Care – Understanding the Differences
Among the most difficult concepts for many adult children to understand in a time of need is the difference between Home Health and Home Care, which also is known as Private Duty. Though the program names may sound like they provide the same function and service, there are clear differences that through research and consultation will provide your senior loved one with the level of care that they need.
Home Health is typically covered by and paid for by Medicare (or Insurance), requires a skilled or nursing need, and is ordered by a physician when someone is recovering from an injury or illness. Intermittent and typically short in duration, Home Health services are provided by healthcare professionals, possibly including an RN, LPN, or physical or occupational therapist.
Home Care (or Private Duty) is non-medical in nature, can be provided for an extended period of time and offers services that include housekeeping, cooking, medication management, transportation, bathing, dressing, companionship and errands. Typically, this service is privately paid, although it can sometimes be covered by Medicaid, Veteran’s Affairs benefits or long-term care plans.
If your senior loved one is in need of Home Health services, you should develop a list of questions surrounding the senior’s medical needs and insurance coverage. Asking thorough questions will help you determine the right Home Health agency.
When seeking Home Care services for your senior loved one, you may come across a different list of questions surrounding non-medical care, a designated caregiver and out-of-pocket costs.
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