Navigating the world of health care can be confusing. One area of common confusion is in understanding how home care and home health differ, as these services are not the same.
Home health refers to medical care provided in the patient’s home following an illness or injury. Services may include skilled nursing care or physical, occupational, or speech therapy. These services may be covered by Medicare or medical insurance.
Home care refers to non-medical care, often by agencies licensed for Personal Assistance Services, and provided by caregivers, who may also be Certified Nursing Assistants.
Home care services include services such as personal care (assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, incontinence care), light housekeeping, meal preparation, assistance with errands and appointments, and medication reminders. The goal of these services is to assist the client in maintaining independence and quality of life in their home environment. These services are private pay and may also be covered by long term care insurance and some veteran’s benefits.