Home Health Versus Non-medical In-Home Care: What’s the Difference?

Do you know the difference between Home Health Care and Non-Medical In-Home Care? Unfortunately, people tend to use these terms interchangeably. However, there is a stark difference between the two.

Let’s start with Home Health Care:

  • Home health care is when skilled care is administered, and a doctor provides a written order. Home health care is given by a trained and licensed professional. It is the continuous care provided to a client in the home. It is an alternative to receiving care in a hospital or nursing home. The licensed person may be a registered nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or a speech therapist. Examples of care that a registered nurse would give include:

    A doctor would have prescribed all of these tasks. In a similar fashion, the physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech therapist would provide therapy in the comfort of one’s home with a written order from a doctor.

Non-Medical In-Home Care (Home Care):

  • This is care that is provided by a non-skilled or non-medical person. In-home care primarily helps seniors but is not limited to seniors. The person providing the care may be a Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA), Home Health Aide (HHA), or Patient Care Attendant (PCA).
  • The services non-medical in-home care providers can supply include:
    • assisting with (activities of daily living (ADL)
    • medication reminders
    • meal prep
    • transferring
    • helping clients get in and out of bed
    • light housekeeping
    • washing clothes
    • errands like shopping
    • doctor’s appointments
    • sitter
    • ompanionship
    • respite care
  • Non-medical in-home care can provide care within the client’s home. This is ideal for individuals who would like to Age in Place and stay in the comfort of his or her own home. A non-medical in-home care agency can employ a caregiver to work with clients in assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and hospitals, especially in circumstances where the client requires a sitter, companionship, or needed assistance to regain their strength in a facility that cannot provide the extra personal care. They may also be of service in a retirement community as the client’s health declines due to age, and they require minimal to moderate assistance.

You may ask, “Can home health care and non-medical in-home care be provided at the same time?” The answer is “yes” as long as the services are not overlapping.

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