Many people have questions regarding the most appropriate type of care for their loved one. The differences between in-home care and home health care are subtle but very important. Here’s a quick guide to help with your decision.
Home health caregivers are licensed medical professionals, often with a nurse’s license. In-home caregivers are well-trained but may not necessarily have a medical license.
Home health workers can give injections and dispense intravenous medications. They also monitor health conditions and can check a patient’s vitals, such as blood pressure and heart rate, and they can make recommendations about nutrition. In-home caregivers remind clients to take their medication and can run errands, such as picking up prescriptions and grocery shopping. In-home caregivers also help with transportation, meal preparation and other daily living activities.
Levels of Care
Home health caregivers can offer wound care, pain management services and in-home physical therapy after a stroke or surgery, for example. An in-home caregiver can help clients with personal grooming, such as bathing and dressing, and mobility.
Referrals and Care Plan
A patient must be referred to a home healthcare agency by his physician in order for that care to be covered by Medicare. The home healthcare agency coordinates in-home care with the patient’s doctors and reports any changes in health. While a doctor’s order js not required for an in-home caregiver, Caregivers by Wholecare develops and maintains a detailed care plan for each client that is shared with the client’s team of physicians.