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Non-Medical vs. Home Health Care Services PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:03

Today, most older Americans want to remain in their homes instead of moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home. Yet, living at home can become increasingly difficult as we age. Fortunately, family caregivers can take advantage of professional services to help loved ones remain safely at home. Two popular options include non-medical home care and home health care.

When non-medical home care is needed

Keep an eye on some of these signs in an elderly loved one; they may indicate he/she needs assistance to remain at home safely.

  1. Decreased interest in meals
  2. Declining ability to drive
  3. Changes in appearance and personal hygiene
  4. Increasing mobility issues
  5. Signs of depression
Non-medical home care revolves around activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting. A non-medical professional caregiver can provide companionship, assist with meal preparation, drive a loved one to doctors' appointments, and more.

When home health care is needed

Licensed medical professionals are available to provide medical care to elders in their homes. From wound care to pain management, post-operation rehabilitation to occupational therapy, in-home medical care covers a range of both therapeutic and medical issues.

Remember, these services are flexible and can be combined--your loved one could see both a medical home care provider as well as receive services from a non-medical home care provider.