Home Care Agencies Vs. Home Health Care Agencies
Learn the differences between home care and home health care agencies
Home care in its most basic sense is any care that is provided in the home of the person receiving care, whether its medical home care or non-medical home care. With the ever-rising number of home care and home health care agencies that has occurred as the demand for more and more varied services has grown, there has been a shift in terminology. Technically, home care can be used to describe both the medical and non-medical care services offered by home care and home health care agencies. However, typically, home care services refer to non-medical care services which can include companionship services, homemaking services and personal care services, whereas health care organizations typically provide medical care services including skilled nursing care services, speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy.
The difference between home care agencies and home health care agencies is not always a clear line in the sand, however. In addition to providing medical therapy care services, some agencies also provide traditional home care services like meal preparation or personal care. Likewise, while many home care agencies only offer traditional companionship, homemaking and personal care services, some home care agencies also offer private duty nursing services. In order to determine if an agency offers a particular type of service, it is usually best to confirm directly with the agency rather than assuming based on whether it is a home care or home health care agency. This will help avoid being disappointed, or worse, being unable to get the necessary services for your loved one.
At Comfort Keepers Rapid City, SD, in addition to traditional home care services, we offer private duty nursing to seniors and other adults who require the services of a qualified, professional nurse. Please contact us to learn more about your local Comfort Keepers health care agencies and the types of services our private duty nursing staff can provide for your loved one.
Comfort Keepers Home Care provides senior care services in the following cities and neighborhoods in South Dakota:
Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Lead, Deadwood, Custer, Hill City, and Hot Springs, South Dakota