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    If your loved one struggles to live independently, you can find a wide variety of services to help ensure they get the care and support they need. Two of the most critical components of outpatient care are in-home caregiving and home health care. These two forms of care both take place in the home and ensure your loved one can stay comfortable and healthy. 

    While they share some similarities, in-home caregiving and home health are not the same. Instead, they form a complementary partnership in the home-care continuum, ensuring your loved one can enjoy the best quality of life without sacrificing their independence. 

    What’s The Difference Between In-Home Caregiving and Home Health?

    In-home care and home health might sound similar, but they actually serve very different purposes. The major difference between in-home caregiving and home health is that a home health aide must be a licensed healthcare professional. By contrast, an in-home caregiver provides daily life services for a client’s comfort and well-being, but cannot provide medical attention. 

    What is Home Health Care?

    Home health care provides medical support from licensed professionals in the client’s home. Usually, a doctor will prescribe home health care as part of a patient’s overall treatment. Home health care can be either long-term or short-term, depending on the patient’s needs. A home health nurse can provide the following services:

    • Medical tests and monitoring. A home health nurse can ensure that medically fragile patients always have someone at their side.
    • Administering medications, IVs, and shots. Patients who require regular prescriptions, fluids, or shots can rely on a home health nurse to provide them.
    • Wound treatment. In-home nurses are trained to clean and treat wounds to prevent infection and promote healing.
    • Speech and physical therapy. If your loved one is recovering from a stroke or a loss of mobility from a long hospital stay, a home nurse may be able to offer therapy to help them recover.

    What Is In-Home Care?

    Compared to home health care, in-home care offers a wide spectrum of assistance across many levels of need. Though an in-home caregiver cannot provide medical support, administer medication, or treat wounds, they can offer any of the following services and more:

    • Mobility and transportation help. Mobility struggles can seriously impact your loved one’s quality of life. An in-home caregiver can help them get in and out of bed, safely move around the house, and go for moderate walks to benefit their mental and physical health. They can also provide transportation 
    • Companionship and emotional care. Sometimes just having a listening ear can make all the difference, especially for people struggling with medical issues. In-home caregivers can be a reassuring presence in your loved one’s life when they need them most.
    • Meal planning and preparation. Coming up with healthy and delicious meals is difficult enough when you’re not sick or recovering. An in-home caregiver makes sure your loved one has their favorite meals on hand.
    • Homemaking services. The house can quickly get messy when there’s no one working to clean it up. That can cause health hazards or tripping risks—risks your in-home caregiver can help alleviate by cleaning. 
    • Help with bathing, grooming, and getting dressed. Many home health nurses don’t help with bathing, grooming, or helping clients get dressed for the day. An in-home caregiver can pitch in with these essential tasks to help your loved one feel comfortable.

    How In-Home Caregiving Supports Home Health

    Some families may find that just one type of care doesn’t cover all they need to keep a loved one happy and comfortable. For example, say your loved one has complicated medical needs that an in-home caregiver isn’t qualified to help with. In that case, they would need a home health nurse. But what if they also need daily help with non-medical tasks that a home health nurse isn’t trained to provide? Then they will likely benefit from a combination of home health and in-home caregiving. 

    In-home caregivers can help patients maintain their quality of life while home health nurses ensure they stay in the best health. By helping clients stay clean, mentally engaged, and active, an in-home caregiver provides crucial services to support the medical help a home health nurse offers. If your loved one is struggling with a medical issue requiring a home health nurse, they will likely also be dealing with several other difficulties relating to their condition. However, a home health nurse may not be qualified to assist with many other issues your loved one faces, from emotional support to cleaning up around the house. An in-home caregiver fills that gap, making your home health nurse’s job easier while also ensuring your loved one can continue to live life to the fullest. 

    About Generations Home Care

    Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.

    Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.

    Our Specialty Services Include:

    • Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
    • Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
    • Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
    • Veteran’s connection to care program.
    • Live-in services and couples care.

    If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.

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