For many years, home care for elderly and disabled individuals has been available to those who need assistance in their daily lives. But many people have been confused by the differences between home care and home health care. To understand the difference, it's important to look at the history of home care and the various payor sources and services available today.
Home care, also known as non-medical home care, provides assistance to individuals in the comfort of their homes. This type of care is typically provided by a caregiver or other professional who does not have any medical training. Non-medical home care services can include but are not limited to, assistance with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, meal preparation, and light housekeeping. It also includes companionship, supervision, and help with transportation. In the past, non-medical home care was provided mainly by family members or neighbors.
Today, however, non-medical home care is typically provided by professional home care agencies. These agencies are typically paid through private pay, long-term care insurance, or Medicaid Waivers. Home care agencies can also be reimbursed through Medicare, although the services must be medically necessary and provided on a part-time