What’s the Difference Between Home Care and Home Healthcare?

April 15, 2019 | BY PHS Staff

Here at Preferred HealthStaff, we know that there’s a lot to think about when a senior in your life gets older. You want to make sure that they’re getting the best care and that they’re doing everything they can to still live their best life even as they get older. So when you need some extra care for that senior, what kind of specialist do you talk to?

Home care and home healthcare are sometimes used interchangeably, but they’re actually quite different. Here’s a look at the key differences between the two.

Home Healthcare

Home healthcare is just what it sounds like. It’s healthcare administered in a home. This is for seniors with specific health problems that they’re dealing with right now. They might not be able to handle these issues on their own, so a healthcare professional is needed.

Basically, if someone has completed some form of inpatient care recently, they might be in need of rehabilitation and home health care. Seniors can participate in occupational or physical therapy at home with the help of a professional. Speech therapy could also be included. Sometimes a professional will come in and provide home healthcare for seniors that need wound care or frequent doses of medication or injections.

The big difference with home healthcare is that it’s likely only temporary. A medical professional will keep coming in to help a senior deal with their current health problems, but they’ll generally end up leaving after it seems like the quality of life has been restored. Then the senior goes about living their normal life.

Home Care

But what if a senior is having trouble living a normal life? That’s where home care comes in. Home care doesn’t cover the typical healthcare services. Instead it focuses on the things that seniors need to continue their life at home, or age in place.

At Preferred HealthStaff, we offer a number of services that allow life to go on as normal for our senior clients. We customize our offerings to their particular needs. We help with eating, bathing, and getting dressed for the day. We also offer companion care services, like reading or helping our clients write letters to friends and family. Homemaker services are also a part of our offerings. Taking care of tasks like laundry, cooking, or housework can get tougher as you get older. We can help.

If needed, a home care professional can also help a senior with shopping or running other types of errands. We even offer handyman services and grounds maintenance. Home care services are designed to make sure that the entire household is still running smoothly.


Your Home Care Services Provider in Pennsylvania and West Virginia

So if you have a senior in your life who’s trying to continue their normal lives in their current home, our home care services could be just what you need. At Preferred HealthStaff we always do our best to help our clients make the most of their golden years. Contact us and learn more about what we can do for you today.