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You may have recently suffered an illness or injury, or you may have begun caring for a loved one who is now homebound. These scenarios and many more can make you appreciate the value of in-home care for treating a variety of conditions. Of course, there are a lot of terms to know when it comes to finding the right care for you or your loved one. Understanding the difference between home care vs. home health care can help you to understand what treatments you will receive and how to find the best care.

What is home health care?

Home health care includes a variety of treatments and services that are administered in your home rather than in a hospital or a skilled nursing facility. Home health care services include skilled nursing, occupational therapy, speech therapy, illness monitoring and patient/ caregiver education. These services are intended to help improve recovery or prevent symptoms from worsening depending on the condition. Home health care professionals include licensed practical nurses, therapists or home health aides who work with local health departments, hospitals or home health care agencies.

What is home care?

Although it sounds the same, home care differs slightly from home health care. While home health care is oriented towards those who have recently suffered an illness or injury and helps them to recover or stabilize, home care is designed to help homebound individuals stay in their homes comfortable while receiving necessary medical care of monitoring. Individuals who have a chronic injury, disability, or who are getting older can receive home care to assist with bathing, chores, meal prep/ cooking, financial management, non-medical transport and health monitoring services. Depending on the services being offered, home care professionals include home care aides and homemakers.

Finding the care that’s right for you

Now that you know the difference between home health care and home care, you can find the right care services for you or your loved one. If you or a loved one is homebound and needs help with daily living tasks, please contact Family Support Care LLC in Hamilton, Ohio so you can get the perfect care to keep you happy at home.

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