Home health care.

Differences between home care, home health care

This month, I want to continue with the discussion on family caregivers and the resources available to assist families in the mission of caring for a loved one.

Last month, I touched on two resources: Home health care and home care. As always, I strive to collaborate with experts that can shed the most valuable light on the topic and provide significant information to those who need it most.

To gather essential information regarding home care, I spoke with Weama Kassem, the CEO of Synergy Home Care in Oklahoma, and Vicki Crafton, the director of nursing, about the differences between home health care and home care.

One of the most notable differences between the two options for families in need of assistance is that home health care always requires a doctor’s order, whereas home care is a service available 24/7, 365 days a year with no need for a doctor’s order. Home health care has a limited timeline for providing care and can be reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. However, home care can be covered by veteran benefits, some long-term care insurance (be sure to check your policy) and private pay.

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