Getting confused about what kind of professional caregivers are available to you? There are two basic types of care in the home -- one is home healthcare and the other is in-home care. The biggest difference between home healthcare and in-home care is that home healthcare is a higher level of care that is deemed medically necessary by a physician.
What is home healthcare?
- Doctor prescribed (a physician has deemed it medically necessary for you or your loved one to receive care in the home)
- Skilled care (care is provided by nurses or health aides who've had special training)
- Home health care nurses can administer medication
- Aid with activities of daily living (ADL)
- Specialized caregiving in such areas as rehabilitation
- Search for home healthcare in our Home Healthcare Directory
What is home care?
- Caregivers can provide reminders to clients to take medication
- Aid with activities of daily living (ADLs)
- Light housework
- Help preparing meals
- Transportation to appointments
- Search for in-home care in our In-Home Care Directory
See our chart below for a side by side comparison of what home health and in-home care agencies offer:
|Home Healthcare||In-Home Care|
|Giving medication reminders||X|
|Help with activities of daily living (ADL) or instrumental activities of daily living (IADL)||X||X|
|Specialized services such as rehab||X|
|Payment options||Medicare, Medigap, Managed Care, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits and Private Pay (usually a combination)||Medigap (only a few and if person is also receiving home health care), LTCI, Private Pay|
SEE ALSO: Find In-Home Care Help Near You