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What Does a Home Health Care Person Do?

September 19, 2022

What Does a Home Health Care Person Do?

When thinking of a home health care person many different things may come to mind. The word “health care” sneaks its way into the name, though it can be deceiving since most work does not include medical care at all. There are a few different types of home health care workers. Let’s break down the difference between medical and non-medical home care, what it means to be a caregiver and home health vs. hospice. this will also help you determine what kind of care you might be looking for! Here are a few home health care examples:

What is a caregiver?

A caregiver is an in-home care provider who typically provides non-medical care to seniors who are aging in the comfort of their own homes. A caregiver does not need any particular college degree, just a few training courses, a CPR certification, and a great amount of experience caring for the elderly and other age groups. A caregiver can also be known as a “Home Health Aid” an individual with this title could be a CNA and have more background in healthcare such as working in an assisted living facility or nursing home. 

What are the responsibilities of a Home Health Care Provider?

A Home Health Aid can help patients in a variety of ways, most assistance will be deemed as “non-medical”. They help with daily functions such as dressing, taking a bath, assisting in planning doctor appointments, meetings, and organizing transportation. This type of in-home care is to help with essential daily living tasks to overall benefit the life of seniors aging at home. 

Other responsibilities of a Home Health Aid:

  • Housekeeping
  • Meal Prep
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Companionship
  • Cognitive Engagement 
  • Personal Care & Hygiene
  • Meaningful Activities

What does a Medical Home- Care provider do?

There are a few things that home health aids are not allowed to do, that’s when a medical care provider steps in. In-home medical care will also allow your loved ones to stay in the home while giving them a break from the hospital and doctor's office. Whether your loved one is recovering from a recent hospitalization, or surgery, or needs long-term medical treatment these aids are fully trained to provide medical care in the home.

Medical In-Home Care Providers can Typically Provide the following home health care services:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Pain management
  • Tube Feeding
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medication Reminders
  • Injections
  • Speech Therapy 
  • Wound Care
  • Catheter Management 

What is the difference between Home Care and Hospice?

Hospice care is provided for patients with a prognosis of six months or less if their disease runs its natural course. Care plans are implemented to help manage symptoms and pain, and care is provided wherever the patient calls home. Skilled personal care is provided along with meds and supplies to manage the disease. Visits are scheduled as needed and care can be provided 24 hours a day when medically necessary. On the other hand, Home Health care is provided as treatment or therapy to restore an individual's Independence. This type of care is provided in the patient's private residence, and the patient is typically homebound. Skilled non-medical care and personal care are provided as well as 24/7 care. 

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