Home Care vs. Home Health Care

Home Care in Houston TX

What is the difference between “Home Care” and “Home Health Care”? As Director of Client and Family Services for New Frontier Home Care, this is a question I answer a lot. And to be completely honest, a question I myself asked upon entering the industry of in-home senior care. So let me do my best to break it down.

When you think of “Home Care”, think companionship and personal assistance. Home care agencies, like New Frontier Home Care, provide non-medical assistance with what are referred to as Activities of Daily Living or ADLs.

ADLs include:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Feeding
  • Toileting
  • Grooming
  • Oral Care
  • Walking/Ambulation

 

Instrumental ADLs include: 

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Changing Linens
  • General Shopping
  • Transportation
  • Meal Prep
  • Medication Assistance

 

Most home care agencies offer shifts ranging from four to 24 hours each day. Caregivers are typically Home Health Aides or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). New Frontier Home Care hires only CNAs who undergo a very thorough background check and are supervised and trained by our staff registered nurse (RN). Home care services can be short term or long term, depending on the need of the client.

The goal of all home care agencies is to allow seniors to stay and age in the comfort of their own home while remaining as independent as possible.

When you think of “Home Health Care”, think medical health care services provided  in the home for an illness or injury. These services can be less expensive, more convenient and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF).

Home health care services include:

  • Wound Care
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Injections
  • Monitoring Serious Illness
  • Monitoring Unstable Health
  • StatusPatient/Caregiver Education

 

Home health care is typically mandated by a doctor’s order and he or she will refer their patient to a home health agency. The agency keeps in touch with the doctor regarding care needed and regularly updates him or her on the patient’s progress. Home health care services are typically shorter term.

The goal of home health care is to get the patient better, regain their independence and become as self-sufficient as possible.

In many situations, home care and home health care agencies can work hand-in-hand. The home health care staff treats the illness or injury and the home care staff, either along-side the home health care staff and/or after, continues to assist with ADLs, keeping the client as independent as possible in the comfort of their own home.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care services in Houston, TX, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! Call Today at (832) 664-7394. Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.

Gary Williams

Director of Marketing at New Frontier Home Care
Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
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Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes. Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director. Gary is a Verified Google Author