Non-medical home care vs. home health care

written by: gowtham

If you are looking for someone to take care of the elderly in your home, you might have come across a lot of different terminologies on the internet like, home health care, non medical home care, assisted living, custodial care service and many more. These information can be overwhelming and complicate the process of choosing the right kind of aide and agency. Senior care-taking services can be broadly classified in to two different categories, home health care and non medical home care.
– Non-medical home care

It can be described as providing assistance with regular day-to-day activities. If you do not need medical attention and have some trouble with daily life activities, non-medical health care can be the right choice for you.

Elderly people of any age can receive non-medical health care. There is a saying, “one never gets old until they become an invalid.” Some people age faster than others, some people can live a comfortable, self-reliant life even in their 80s. Non-medical health care would include personal care like,

Dressing
Bathing
Help with toileting
Laundry
Transportation
Linen changes, and
Other personal care needs.
A well-trained professional should also provide great companionship and care along with providing assistance and supervision.
– Home health care

This is quite different from non-medical health care. Home health care comprises of many technical responsibilities. Any benevolent person can do the job of a non-medical home care assistant. Here, the assistant, on top of helping with daily activities should also possess other abilities like drugs administering skills. Apart from being a good companion, they should be able to provide hands-on care. Their duty includes:

Bathing
Dressing
Reminding about medicines
Help with toileting
Hair wash, shaving, and
Other personal care needs.

There are certain things you need to keep in mind while choosing the right agency and caretaker.

– Medicare

If you are in need of Medicare for the service provided by the agency, you need to make sure that the agency you are dealing with is certified by Medicare.

– Billing

You should get information about the billing cycle and the cost involved. Also you need to get a written statement, which explains or justifies the cost and the payment plan. Some agencies might ask you for a deposit. Ask them if the deposit is refundable.

– Caretaker’s Selection

This is one of the most important questions you need to ask the agency. Ask them about the selection process, the experience of their caretakers and background checks the agency does. If you are considering a home health care aide, ask details about credentials of the aide. You should also ask the aide to provide references. You can also ask the agency to put you in contact with any of their previous clients and get secondhand testimony about their service.

– Emergency

The caretakers should be able to handle emergency situations. They also should have first-aid abilities like CPR.
– License

You should make sure that the agency is licensed by the state and should be accredited by any governing agency.

Finally, you have to ensure that you or your loved one feels comfortable with the aide.

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