If you’re making healthcare decisions for yourself or a loved one, it can be overwhelming.

Maybe you’ve a scheduled joint replacement surgery and are nervous you’ll need help moving around when you return home.

Or you noticed mom is missing some of her doctor’s appointments or dad fell recently.

Maybe you’ve seen a change in your husband or wife’s personality that might be an early sign of dementia.

In any of these situations, home care may be able to help.

The term home care includes both medical care and non-medical services. The medical services are referred to as Home Health care.

Home Health is often recommended following a surgery or after a hospitalization for an injury or illness. But it can also be appropriate if you or a loved one are having trouble getting around or feel at risk for falling. The care is designed to help you or a loved one:

  • Take control of your treatment
  • Make changes that may prevent future declines in your health
  • Learn about your condition and manage your medications
  • Improve your safety at home
  • Prevent unwanted hospital visits

Home Health services are usually covered by Medicare or insurance and are designed to help manage medications and condition; prevent falls; and coordinate care with doctors or therapists and family. 

Another type of care in the home is called Personal Home Care Assistance. This type of care is for non-medical home needs.

Personal Home Care Assistance is provided by trained, insured, professional caregivers who can help you or your loved one with daily activities like bathing, light housekeeping, transportation or simply companionship.

If you’re caring for a loved one and need time to run errands, rest and recharge from the daily routine of providing care, or take a trip for an important event – your loved one can receive temporary, comprehensive care – referred to as respite care ­– in the comfort of home as part of the personal home care assistance program.

Kindred at Home offers both home health and personal home care assistance to help people recover and remain independent in the place they want to be most – home.

If you’re looking for care for yourself or someone you love, call us at 1.866.KINDRED to learn more about how we can help. We’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your healthcare questions. Or, you can contact us at any time to schedule a free assessment by one of our qualified senior advisors.

By Blair Klayko