Which suits your needs: Home Health or Home Care?


When it comes to home health and home care, the terminology can be frustrating and confusing.

The best way to remember the difference between home health and home care is that home health is medical and home care is non-medical. Since home health is considered medical, it is often covered by Medicare. To remain “at home,” many seniors need a combination of the two. Wesley Homes offers both.

To dive deeper into the differences between the two, home health is usually prescribed by a doctor after a hospital stay. Home care provides extra care to maintain quality of life in the home.

Home health and home care work well together. For example a home health professional would be equipped to change prescriptions, while a home care provider would help with reminders to take medications on a daily basis. Also, a home health professional has the authority to change therapy to a different program if it is not working, while a home care provider would be there to help accomplish these therapies and watch for any problems that come up. Finding an agency that has both home health and home care is beneficial because a nurse with home health and a caregiver with home care would be able to combine their efforts to create a care plan specifically for the client’s needs, both medical and non-medical.

Home Health includes but is not limited to:

  • IV injections
  • Catheter care
  • Diet/health management for diseases (e.g. diabetes)
  • Ventilator care
  • Medication management
  • Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical, speech and occupational therapies

Home Care offers but is not limited to:

  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
    • Cleaning
    • Dressing
    • Bathing
    • Transferring
    • Grooming
  • Assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
    • Grocery shopping
    • Cooking
    • Laundry
    • Housekeeping
    • Medication assistance
    • Various chores/errands
    • Companionship

Wesley Homes Home Health offers both home health and home care. If you would like to learn more, please visit homecare.wesleyhomes.org or call toll free 866.850.5774.

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