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Non-Medical Vs. Medical Home Care

Non-Medical VS Medical Home Care

What is Home Care? What is Non-Medical Home Care? What is Home Health Care? What is Private Duty Home Care? We understand there may be a lot of confusion reguarding these terms and we are here to help you understand the different types of long-term and in-home care.

Home Care – Home Care is also known as Non-Medical Care or Custodial Care, and includes non-medical in-home care services such as companion care, personal care, Dementia care, housekeeping and any other non-medical care services that cover activities of daily living (ADLs): bathing, dressing, transferring, using the toilet, eating, walking, and any other self-care activities. Non-Medical home care is usually provided by caregivers, certified nursing aides (CNAs), and home health aides (HHAs). Non-Medical home care is considered long-term care which is NOT covered by Medicare.

Home Health Care – Home Health Care is also known as Medical Care or Skilled Care, and includes medical in-home care services such as caring for wounds, bedsores, injections, colostomy, G-tubes, catheters, respiratory care and many other types of medical care. Other skilled in-home care services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Medical and Skilled care is provided by Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, and Social Workers. Medical Home Health Care is usually covered by Medicare.

Private Duty Home Care (Sincere Care is a Private Duty Home Care Agency) – A Private Duty Home Care Agency can provide both Medical (Home Care) and Non-Medical Care (Home Health Care). Similar to Non-Medical Home Care, Private Duty Home Care agencies are not covered by Medicare, but they can provide Medical Care through licensed medical professionals such as Registered Nurses (RNs). If for any reason Medicare denies your claim for medical care you may want to seek a Private Duty Home Care Agency for both your medical and non-medical care needs. To find out more about paying for Private Duty Home Care visit our “Understanding How to Pay for Long-term Care” page.