In-Home Caregiver vs Home Health Aide in Greater Springfield, MO

Visiting Angels of Springfield Wants You to Know the Difference Between an In-Home Caregiver and Home Health Aide

In-home caregivers and home health aides provide distinct services, yet some people still use the terms interchangeably. When hiring a professional to care for your loved one, families need to recognize the differences to ensure their aging parent receives the level of care required. An in-home caregiver provides non-clinical care while a home health aide supplies medical care.

In-Home Caregivers

An in-home caregiver, often referred to as a home care aide, is an individual who will help the senior handle daily living activities or provide needed companionship. Our caregivers only supply personal care or companionship, thus they are referred to as a non-clinical worker.

Individuals requiring help with meal preparation, grooming and other day-to-day activities can benefit from the services of an in-home caregiver. The same is true of those who no longer drive and need transportation to activities. Individuals who live alone may be at risk of being isolated from society and can benefit from an in-home caregiver.

Our home care aides can also perform other tasks including basic housecleaning tasks and preparing meals for the senior.

Home Health Aides

Home health providers are medical professionals. They may be a registered nurse, a physical therapist or an occupational therapist with training to provide clinical medical care. Families may find that a doctor will prescribe a home health provider following hospitalization.

These types of aides can administer medications, including injections, and may carry out medical tests. Furthermore, they are tasked with monitoring the patient’s health status and providing skilled nursing services along with therapy. Wound care, pain management and prescription medication management are other tasks that fall under the duties of the home health aide.

A home health provider may be required when a loved one leaves a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation. Seniors with a decrease in their level of functioning may benefit from a home health aide to help them regain their independence. Doctors may prescribe a home health provider whenever a patient’s medication has been changed to ensure the medication is working and the side effects can be managed.

The roles of the in-home caregiver and home health providers may be combined to provide the optimal level of care for a senior. The key is to determine what your senior needs and provide that care. Visiting Angels of Springfield works to ensure this is the case for every client we serve and recommend a home health provider if our services are not enough.

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