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The Difference between Home Healthcare and Non-Medical Home Care
When it comes to caring for individuals in their homes, there are two types of services: home healthcare and non-medical home care. Although they may sound similar, they provide different types of care.
Home Health Care
Home healthcare is medical care provided by licensed healthcare professionals. This may include nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists, among others. Home healthcare services are prescribed by a physician and are typically covered by Medicare or private insurance.
Home healthcare services include:
- Wound care
- Medication management
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Skilled nursing care
- Medical equipment management
- Disease managementDisease management
Non-Medical Home Care
Non-medical home care is provided by caregivers who are not licensed healthcare professionals. The goal of non-medical home care is to provide assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and other tasks that enable individuals to remain independent in their homes.
Non-medical home care services include:
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
- Personal care, such as bathing and dressing
- Transportation and errands
- Medication reminders
Non-medical home care is typically paid for out-of-pocket by the individual or their family members.
In summary, home healthcare provides medical care by licensed healthcare professionals, while non-medical home care provides assistance with ADLs and other tasks by caregivers who are not licensed healthcare professionals.
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