What is Home Health Care?

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posted by Ted Ryan on March 11, 2013

The term home health care embodies a wide range of services that are provided to allow elderly, ill, disabled or recovering individuals to remain in the independence of home. Services can fall anywhere between skilled nursing care to transportation and light housekeeping. Care can range from short weekly visits to around-the-clock 24-hour care.

Caregiving is a demanding job that is generally most successful when done as a team. Home care assists with the duties of caregiving, when they become too much for a spouse or loved one to handle. Sometimes, additional help comes from a friend or family member. Some people refer to a caregiver registry or staffing agency. Often, families opt to contact a home care agency – such as Seniors Home Care.

Services provided among home care agencies vary. (When contacting an agency, it is wise to make a list of the needs that you require to ensure that they will be covered.) Technically, there is a difference between a home care agency and a home health care agency. This article primarily focuses on home care services – those which are mostly non-skilled in nature.

Home care agencies generally provide services that are not considered to be skilled care – which is not to say that these caregivers are not skilled, but that they are not performing highly medical tasks. These services range from housekeeping and companion care to transportation and assistance with personal care, such as bathing, dressing, toileting and eating. This care is not covered by Medicare and thus paid for privately or by private long-term care insurance.

Seniors Home Care falls under this category of home care – also referred to as private duty home care. However, SHC does also employ a team of RN Case Managers to offer skilled nursing services that caregivers may not be equipped to administer. SHC has experience working and communicating with other services, such as Hospice, to ensure that our clients receive complete care.

Home health care agencies are licensed and usually Medicare certified. These agencies primarily focus on the medical aspects of care, such as skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy and speech therapy. If you are in need of these services, contact us and we will be happy to provide recommendations in your area.

For more information on home care, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to send you an informational packet. This not only includes the services that SHC provides, but also a detailed checklist to help determine need for home care services as well as a list of questions to ask when considering and selecting a home care provider. If you are a resident of the greater St. Louis area, take advantage of our free RN assessment to help determine the level of need and best plan of action for you or a loved one.

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  1. scott


    November 29, 2017

    I like that you talked about how home health care services can focus on medical needs for seniors. My father is getting older and I would like someone to make sure he is staying healthy. I can see how it would be nice to try home health care. That way I don’t have to worry about him mixing up his medications.

  2. Mats Wolff

    Mats Wolff

    May 24, 2022

    Its great when you said that home health care agencies are usually licensed and certified by Medicare. I recently found a new job and I want to hire someone who can take care of my elderly mother in my house. Thanks for the benefits of home health care and I hope that I can find someone trustworthy soon.

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