Paying For Home Care or Home Health Care

Nurse Pushing Senior Patient In Wheelchair Along Corridor

Paying For Home Care or Home Health Care

Home Care

Home Care is dispensed by nurse aides in the comfort of the individual who needs care home. The duties entails that of custodial care such as assistance in an individual daily living who is no longer able to care for themselves. The nurse aide assists in: Bathing, dressing, oral care, toileting, incontinence care and medication reminder.  In adjunct to these duties many Home Care companies have added housekeeping, laundry, accompanying patient to the doctors, grocery shopping and more to their service.

Home Care is not covered by Medicare

Lower Income seniors and disabled person can receive assistance from Medicaid


Methods of Payment for Home Care

Private Pay

Long Term Care Insurance

Medicaid for Low Income Families



What is Home Health Care

Home Health Care

Home Health Care is often times prescribed by a discharged plan following a stay at the hospital and/or a physician order. The services of Home Health Care are deemed skilled and performed by Registered Nurse, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or other skilled professionals. Home Health Care is associated with clinical and rehabilitation needs, more people and seniors are choosing to rehabilitate in the comfort of their home.


Methods of Payment for Home Health Care

Medicare services that has been prescribe by physician

Medicaid for qualified individuals


Private Pay

Difference Between Home Care and Health Care

Home Care is Unskilled services performed by nurse aides and Home Health Care services are skilled services performed by skilled professionals. 


Services Home Care Home Health Care
Therapy to Rehabilitate No Yes
Wound Care No Yes
Pain Management No Yes
IV therapy No Yes
Injection No Yes
Administer Medication No Yes
Blood Test No Yes
Incontinence Care/Toileting Yes No
Personal Hygiene Yes No
Medication Reminder Yes No
Preparing Meal/Light Housekeeping Yes No
Companionship/Transportation Yes No