HOME CARE FOR SENIORS
There are two main types of home care
Medical Home Health Care
This type of care is usually prescribed by a physician and administered by a nurse, home health aide, certified nurse assistant, licensed vocational nurse, or a doctor. Payment is usually by private medical insurance or Medicare. The types of services you would receive through this type of care would be catheter care, injections, ventilator and tracheotomy care. This is where you would receive post-op rehab care, physical, occupational and speech therapies following an injury or hospital stay. These caregivers can also give medication, manage pain, handle wound care and help educate people on their diseases or medical needs.
Non-Medical Home Care
This type of agency generally provides home care services which are not considered to be skilled care. The care is usually supplied by home health aides, certified nursing assistants, non-certified nurse aides, homemakers and companions. The services range from housekeeping to companion care. Personal care such as bathing, toileting, getting dressed, medication reminders and eating would also fall under this type of care. It is also important to know that non-skilled care is not reimbursable from medicare and must be paid for privately or with long term insurance. No doctor's order is needed as these services are not considered medically necessary. These agencies are regulated by state typically which is different than federally regulated agencies like Medicare. These services play a huge role in allowing seniors to stay in their homes.