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Differences Between In-Home Care & Home Health

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Differences Between In-Home Care & Home Health

So many times people are discharged from the hospital with directions on care they should receive once they are home. These directions can include having home health and in home care, which most people think are the same thing, but are in fact, very different. The key difference is that "home care" is non-clinical care and "home health" is clinical care.

In-Home Care is typically privately hired and out of pocket costs for caregivers to come into your home or place of living. A Senior Connection works with different reputable agencies that are licensed, bonded and insured. We can staff care from Grass Valley to Davis and from Elk grove to Placerville. Caregivers are trained by the companies and typically have experience before starting with the company. Four to twenty-four hours of care can be provided for all levels; from companionship to light housekeeping, incontinence care, bathing, to hospice. Many caregivers are not Certified Nursing Assistant’s (CNA) however there are many that do take the required classes to become a CNA. The average hourly rates range $22-26/hour.  Twelve hour shifts range around $260/shift and live-in averages about $350/day. A Senior Connection is also partnered with an in-home agency who offers private Medical Nursing Care; therefore, in some cases we are able to offer services that would require a Nurse, this usually comes at higher flat rate.

Home Health care is typically prearranged as part of clinical medical care provided by a registered nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist or other skilled medical professionals, and is often prescribed by the physician who was in charge of your health in the hospital, as part of a care plan following a hospitalization.  Ordered by a doctor for short term rehab and types of therapy needs (wound care, physical therapy, etc), this is covered by someone’s Medicare. You can typically get physical, occupational and speech therapy. There are also Nurses, care aides (usually a CNA, but not always) and a social worker. Someone is usually coming out 1-3 x a week for about an hour, for around 4-6 weeks. They can come to someone’s personal home or assisted living or board and care home.

Both In-Home Care and Home Health can be an important part of a person’s recovery at home after a stay in the hospital. It is important, just like a medication that you follow through on the orders given to you by the doctor. Just because you feel better does not mean you do not need to finish your rehabilitation or over extend yourself. By allowing others to help you in your recovery, you could be stronger and better than before!


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