Non-Medical In-Home Care VS. Home Health Care

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What is Non-Medical In-Home Care?

Non-medical home care can also be identified by the following terms: personal care, companion care, homemaker services, custodial care, unskilled, and non-clinical. It provides valuable social interaction, help with household chores, and assistance with activities of daily living including:

  • Meal Preparation
  • Laundry
  • Light Housework
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Toileting
  • Transportation
  • Mobility Assistance
  • Medication Reminders

What is Home Health Care?

Home health care is medical in nature. A prescription from a doctor may be required to obtain these services that are provided by healthcare professionals such as registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists. Home health care may also be described as clinical care and skilled care.

Home health care companies provide the following services:

  • Administration of medication (including IVs and injections)
  • Monitoring Vital Signs
  • Wound care
  • Assistance with recovery from illness or injury
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech-Language Therapy
  • Monitoring of medical equipment
  • Expertise in specific medical conditions (like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia)

Note that there may be some overlap in the provision of services. For example, a home health care company may also provide non-medical “homemaker” and personal care services if you identify a need for household assistance in your care plan.

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