Home care vs. home health, how do I know what I need?

Q: My husband is currently in rehab and we are being told we need to line up in-home services for him when he goes home. I’m so confused. What’s the difference between home care and home health and how do I know what we need?

A: Navigating through health care can be confusing. First I would ask what specific services are being suggested. Home Health Care is clinical medical care provided by skilled medical professionals and is often prescribed as a part of a care plan following a hospitalization. Services include therapy, skilled nursing and wound care. Home Health Care agencies are also often Medicare certified agencies. Home Care, like services offered by Freedom Home Care, provides non-clinical services such as personal cares, housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders and companionship. Many families find that utilizing home health and home care in tandem can be very beneficial for an aging adult who, for example, is recovering after a hospitalization. The home health staff address clinical and rehabilitative needs during the transition home, while a home care aide can help with personal caregiving and household chores that the aging adult requires assistance with during his or her recovery. Our case managers can also help you find the care that is appropriate for your needs. Coordinating resources and providing peace of mind is what we do! Call for your free, in-home assessment at 507.387. HOME (4663).

Sharon Chader
Licensed Social Worker