What is Home Care?

What is Home Care?

Home care is care that allows a person with special needs stay in their home. It might be for people who are getting older, are chronically ill, recovering from surgery or disabled.  You can get almost any type of help you want in your home. Generally, home care is appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends.

The term “home care” was used to describe the whole spectrum of care that was given at home, but now is most often used to distinguish non-medical care or custodial care, which is care that is provided by persons who are NOT nurses, doctors, or other licensed medical personnel, whereas the term Home Health Care, refers to care that is provided by licensed personnel.  The common focus is that any “home care” enables people to continue to live safely and independently in their own homes.

Home Health Care  is skilled nursing care within the home. Some of these services include: IV Therapy, Wound Care, Post-surgical care, and many other services that can only be performed by a licensed professional (RN, LVN, Physical Therapist, etc.)

Non-medical Home CareThe services that are described under the non-medical home care heading are more general in nature. These services are generally used to assist the client with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).  ADLs and IADLs are provided under Non-Medical Home Care and do not require a licensed professional. This is the type of care provided by Trinity HomeCare Solutions.  ADLs include:

  • Eating
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Transferring
  • Continence

IADLs, on the other hand, are those activities instrumental to our daily routines such as:

  • Driving
  • Preparing Meals
  • Doing Housework
  • Shopping
  • Managing Finances
  • Medication Management
  • Using the Telephone

How does non-medical care differ from home health care?

It used to be that certain medical conditions prevented people from living in their own homes.  But today, even older adults who suffer from chronic conditions or debilitating illness can still remain in the own home. Advances in technology now allow seniors to stay at home.  Staying or convalescing at home actually help some seniors not only survive but thrive. For instance, seniors with Dementia may be less confused at home where they recognize personal items.

A home health agency can provide licensed medical professionals to a client’s home, offering a wide range of medical and therapeutic services. If you need care that requires a doctor’s prescription, then you should contact a home health agency. Due to the use of licensed professionals, home health care providers will cost more than non-medical care providers.

If you or your loved one needs companion care or assistance with some ADLs and IADLs listed above, then you should contact a non-medical home care agency like Trinity HomeCare Solutions. In some instances, having both home health and non-medical home care services will be the best solution.

Why use home care?

Simply, there’s no place like home.  As much as possible, we all desire to stay in our homes for as long as possible.  But the reality is that when our loved ones get older and their health deteriorates, they may no longer have the ability to stay home by themselves.  Or maybe you may need some assistance caring for them.  At this point, sometime placing them in an assisted living facility may not be desirable or cost effective.  This is when the use of a home care agency is ideal.  At the cost just slightly above the cost of hiring a teenager to babysit kids, you can hire a home care agency that provides experienced and trained caregivers.  Trinity HomeCare Solutions can help provide compassionate care for your loved ones and allow them to stay in the comfort of their own home. Whether it’s for a few hours a day or 24-hours, we can meet your needs.  Our caregivers are thoroughly screened, trained, insured/bonded, and compassionate.


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