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Home Care Versus Home Health What Is the Difference?

  April 03, 2019

Submitted by Bedford at Home, a division of HMP Nursing Services, Inc.

At Bedford at Home, we are often asked the question “are you home health?” Or, “ Are you like home health?” The short answer is no, we are not. However, there are some similarities between home health and the services we offer, and we would like to help clear up the confusion between home health and home care.

Home health and home care are two specific types of care, both of which occur in a patient’s home. Generally speaking, “home care” is a non-clinical care and “home health” is clinical care. Another difference is that Home Health is generally used on a short-term basis, and the provider visits the patient as prescribed. Home care is provided at the request of the patient and may occur any where from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day.

Home health and home care are not mutually exclusive services. Many families find that utilizing both of these services together may best help a senior who, for example, is recovering after a hospitalization. The home health staff address clinical and rehabilitative needs during the transition home, while a home care aide can help with personal caregiving and household chores that the senior requires assistance with during his or her recovery.

Home health
Home health care is clinical medical care provided by a licensed nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or other skilled medical professional. Home health is often prescribed as part of a discharge care plan following a patient’s hospitalization. It may also be used to help a patient transition back to independence through therapy or learn a new skill to compensate for an illness or injury they may have had.

Home health includes the following services:
  • Therapy
  • Administration of medications
  • Medical tests
  • Monitoring health status
  • Wound care
Who pays for home health?
Because home health is considered medical care, it is usually covered by medical insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. A patient may also pay for home health services privately if they desire services that are not prescribed by a physician.

Home care
Home Care is provided by caregivers, sometimes called nurses aides or personal care assistants, who are trained to understand the complexities of senior care. Personal care assistants can assist with the activities of daily living such as meal preparation or giving medication reminders. Unlike home health, home care is classified as personal care and is considered “non-clinical.”

Services provided by home care include the following:
  • Preparing meals.
  • Helping with household chores.
  • Assistance in transportation to doctors’ appointments
  • Assistance with dressing, bathing, toileting, and grooming
  • Providing companionship
Who pays for home care?
Some private insurance plans and long-term care insurances may pay for home care. A patient may also pay for home care though private pay.

Bedford at Home
A locally owned and operated company, Bedford at Home is a division of HMP Nursing Services, Inc. Founded in 1994, we have been providing professional nursing services to the Pine Belt and surrounding area for almost 25 years. As a sister company to Bedford Care Centers, each member of our staff receives long-term care training that sets us apart. In addition to personal care assistants, Bedford at Home employs CNAs, LPNs, and RNs who are available to provide clinical care if needed.

All of our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year. If you would like more information, please call
601-271-6004 to speak with us today or visit us at

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April 03, 2019


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