Home Health vs. Home Care
Home health is a medical or skilled service where your doctor writes a prescription for any or all of the following:
- Nurse visits
- Bathing aid
- Therapy (Physical, Occupational or Speech)
Each of these will make 1-3 visits weekly to provide support. Each visit lasts about 45 minutes to 1 hour, and the services are overseen by a Registered Nurse (RN). Reevaluations will be done to track progress and to identify the need to continue or discontinue care. The RN reports progress and status to the prescribing doctor on a regular basis. Home Health is paid by Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plan or other Health Insurance. This service will start with 3-6 weeks and must have a new prescription to continue after the evaluation is completed.
Home Care is considered non-medical or unskilled. A prescription is not required and service does not include weekly visits from a nurse or therapists. In addition to bathing assistance, caregivers will be able to provide assistance with transfers, toileting or incontinence care, transportation to doctor appointments and errands, medication reminders, meal preparation, linen changes, laundry, light housekeeping and companionship. Home care helps a person maintain their independence and age in place, without having to consider moving to a senior community, assisted living or nursing home. The number of hours needed, days and times are chosen by the person receiving or arranging care. A customized plan of services is developed for each person and there are no required services, so of the services offered, a person can choose any or all of the services needed. A care team of office support, Supervisor, and caregivers will work with the client to ensure the services are provided properly and the customized care plan is followed. The caregivers providing the care are Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) and experienced attendants.
Home Care services are privately paid by the client or family. Long Term Care insurance and Veteran Benefits may also cover all or part of the cost. As Home Care does not require a prescription, it may be scheduled along with Home Health to provide the services that Home Health does not cover.
Does my insurance pay for Home Care?
Medicare and other health insurance does not normally pay for Home Care. Other sources of payment include Long Term Care Insurance, Veteran Benefits including VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. There may be other sources available to you. Please call our office to discuss other
Are there any city or state organizations that may help pay the cost?
Yes, depending on your location there are several that may help.