Difference Between Home Healthcare and In-Home Care

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?

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
Doctor prescribed X
Skilled care X
Administering medications X
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
Light housekeeping (minimal) X
Transportation 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

5 months ago, said...

sister had stroke, need care helper, non medical . Can you help

almost 2 years ago, said...

I am interested in how often s home health aid would be avaluble to come to my home. Will be moving from Nursing Home to my own home.

about 2 years ago, said...

i am trying to find out where FCH home health/home care is located and a phone number. can anyone help me out?

over 3 years ago, said...

Hello Cheryl, Caring.com has a Senior Care Directory located here may be helpful in locating a in-home provider in your area. : http://www.caring.com/local/in-home-care. Hope this helps. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know.

over 3 years ago, said...

Looking for more information for Fargo, ND In-Home Care. One Widowed Mother-in-law in South Fargo. Lives independent but just needs some assistance once a week.

about 4 years ago, said...