You’ll often see home care agencies refer to themselves as “skilled” versus “non-skilled,” or “home health care” versus “home care.” Understanding the difference between these terms, as well as your or your loved one’s specific needs, will ensure that you get the best possible, most affordable, and most comprehensive care. At Mission Medstaff, it is our goal, every day, to bring you home health care services that are tailored to your specific needs, making us Charlotte’s choice for in home care.
Non-Skilled Care/In Home Care
This type of home care is often referred to as “companion care” because its goal is just that – to be a companion. Non-skilled care is dedicated to helping each patient with personal hygiene, meal preparation, light housework, and to provide them with a companion with whom the patient can do activities, converse, and feel important. Because of this, it is an ideal choice for elderly patients who need help with day-to-day tasks and activities, and who live alone, are secluded, or need companionship. Companion care is also ideal for families who are looking for respite care. In addition, in home care is not covered by Medicare, and is often not covered by private health insurance.
Skilled Nursing/Home Health Care
This type of home care is specifically designed for patients who require medical attention, but prefer to stay in their home. Home health care can be used for patients who need rehabilitation after surgery, are transitioning back to an independent lifestyle after a serious injury or illness, or for seniors who are declining in health. Services included in home health care include:
- Medical monitoring
- Lab tests
- Wound care
- Medication administration
- And more
Home health care is always prescribed by the patient’s doctor or other professional, and can be provided by registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other licensed medical professionals. Because of this, home health care is almost always entirely covered by both private insurance and Medicaid.
Your Home Care Options
Many people find that both companion care and skilled nursing services are best for elderly patients, while skilled nursing alone is ideal for children and adults who need help regaining their independence after surgery or illness. If you need help trying to decide which is best for you or your loved one, then contact our professionals at Mission Medstaff today!