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  • Writer's pictureArwen Rasmussen

Do You Know the Difference Between Home Health Care and Home Care?

Most consumers do not know the difference between Home Care or Home Health Care

Home Health Care is generally defined as medical care that provides Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and skilled nursing services such as IV’s, feeding tubes or wound care. Home Care provides non-medical services to seniors or those with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living. These services will allow the person to remain in their home and maintain their independence for the most part. Home Care services generally speaking would consist of showering, bathing, dressing, grooming, meal preparation, light housekeeping and running errands.

Home Health Services are covered by Medicare and Home Care Services are not, typically you will pay privately for most Home Care services. BrightStar is a Home Care company that is able to provide 24/7 personalized hands on care with bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, companionship, cooking and cleaning. They can provide that peace of mind you have been looking for so your loved one can remain as independent as possible and stay at home.

Each state has its own licensing requirements for home health aide certification. Along with licensed nurses, a home health care service may have home health aides and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who receive medical training and must pass a state exam. Medicare doesn’t pay for a home health aide to perform daily duties such as shopping and cooking. This is where the two services can work together to help an individual recover.

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