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Whether recovering from surgery or illness, or just generally decreased ability and mobility due to aging, home care and home health care can provide loved ones with the independence and dignity and comfort of living and recovering in their own home.
Elderly home care also provides families and friends with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is taken care of. As more and more families and friends take on the caregiver role and try to balance their family’s needs and those of their loved one, home care and home health care providers will become an even more integral part of these family health care dynamics.
While in-home health care appears to be a recent phenomenon, it has actually been around since the 1880s. Currently, nearly 12 million people receive care from home health care providers (NAHCH).
Home Care vs. Home Health Care
Basically, home care and home health care is care that is provided by someone who comes to your loved one’s home to help look after their individual needs. But it is the extent of care needed that makes the difference between whether one needs home care or home health care.
Home health care is more medically oriented and often provided by registered nurses, therapists and home health aides who are licensed by the state. Home care, however, involves help with chores such as housecleaning services and other household coping issues.
The cost of elderly care at home varies from state to state and even within states, and will be determined by how much elderly care is required. Medicare, Medicaid, the Older American Act, the Veterans’ Administration and private insurance all provide some form of funding for home health care services for seniors.
According to John Hancock’s 2011 Cost of Care Survey, in-home health care can cost approximately $2000 less per year than an assisted living facility and nearly $50,000 less per year than a private nursing home room.
Moving from Family Care to In-Home Care
Obviously, there are many emotions surrounding this time and the decisions that need to be made for the well-being of everyone.