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Home care and home health care are both types of healthcare services that are provided in a patient’s home, but they differ in terms of the services they offer and the healthcare professionals who provide them.
Home care refers to a range of non-medical services that are designed to help individuals manage their daily activities and live independently at home. Home care services may include tasks such as bathing, dressing, grooming, light housekeeping, and meal preparation. Home care providers do not typically have a medical background, and their services are generally not covered by insurance.
Home health care, on the other hand, refers to medical services provided in a patient’s home by healthcare professionals, such as nurses, therapists, and home health aides. Home health care services may include medication management, wound care, physical therapy, and other medical treatments. Home health care services are typically covered by insurance and require a doctor’s referral.