Answer: The short answer is “medical services”. Home health care is normally the result of hospitalization or time spent in rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility. It is short-term care provided to help a patient transition back home. Normally, home health care will last four to eight weeks, and the typical services that will be included, as a result of a doctor’s order, are provided by one or more of the following:
Home care is typically non-medical in nature. It is focused on what are called Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental ADLs:
Instrumental ADLs include:
Occupational Therapists focus on Instrumental ADLs, as well as other skills.
Quite often, non-medical home care is long-term, as clients with dementia or other chronic illnesses are not expected to return to the state of health at which their ability to perform ADLs and IADLs improves dramatically.
Both types of home care are really critical to the well-being of the patient or client. They are complimentary and often go hand-in-hand.
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