Home Health Agencies or Home Care Agencies can accommodate the needs of an individual by offering services for a wide array of needs from assistance with daily living to 24 hour care at home or current living arrangement.
Services range from help with cooking, cleaning and basic personal care to live-in or full time nursing care. This allows the senior to continue living in their own home temporarily or permanently depending on the individual circumstances.
Home Care Agencies provide “non-medical” or personal assistance to seniors which can include services such as: housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation, running errands, transportation, medication reminders, dressing/bathing assistance and many others. Help is provided by Home Care Aide’s, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) or Senior Companions. These services can provide ongoing daily care or temporary (Respite) care to relieve a primary caregiver who needs personal time or a break from the daily stresses of care giving. This is best for seniors who can still live safely in their own home but would benefit from some basic assistance with daily living.
Home Health Agencies provide “medical” care and services. This includes nursing services by a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse and other skilled professionals such as a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Respiratory Therapist among others. Care includes but is not limited to: diabetes management, wound care, medication administration (including injections such as insulin), Intravenous (IV) administration, catheter care, feeding tube care, breathing treatments, health monitoring, pain management and many others. This option is best suited for seniors that need more advanced medical care on a short term basis and is often prescribed as part of a care plan following hospitalization or rehabilitation.
Home Care services are generally paid by private funds (private pay), long term care insurance policies and Medicaid for qualified individuals.
Home Health Care is considered medical care and the costs can be covered by Medicare when it’s prescribed by a physician after an illness or injury that will require short term care. State Assistance or Medicaid for qualified seniors will also cover the costs when medically necessary. In more rare circumstances a senior can pay privately when they chose Home Health services but it is not ordered by his or her physician.