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Home Health Care and Hospice are benefits provided by Medicare and other insurance carriers. Although many people use the terms interchangeably, they’re really not the same at all. Understanding their differences can help you determine the best type of care for your loved one.
While both benefits are for the aid and caring for individuals needing help, home care and hospice offer different types of care. Depending on your loved one’s situation, one option may be more beneficial. Neither home health of hospice is considered better than the next when it comes to medical care.  They each focus on providing the best type of care tailored to the patient and his/her needs.
Read on to learn more about these care options:

Home Health Care

Home care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in one’s home for an illness or injury and can be very effective for improving someone’s health.
Home health services are prescribed by a doctor to help with rehabilitation after an illness, injury, hospital stay, or surgery. It can also be prescribed to help manage a chronic medical condition in hopes of preventing unnecessary hospitalization.
Home care is provided by experienced doctors and professionals visiting the home and working together to help the patient meet his/her recovery goals. Overall, home health seeks to help patients improve their health, regain their independence, and become self-reliant.

Patients Needing Home Health

While home health care strives to help the patient recover, it may also be used to help one maintain his current condition and slow decline. If your loved one has experienced any of the following, home health may be of good benefit to them:

  • Diagnosed with an illness
  • Change in a health condition
  • Changes to medication
  • Recently hospitalized
  • Fear of falling or feel at risk for a fall
  • Concerns about safety and independence at home
  • Require assistance to leave home
  • Need help with medical needs
  • Needs assistance with medications
  • Concerns for safety/mobility

How Home Health Works

If your doctor prescribes home care, he will provide you with a list of home health agencies in your area. He will also disclose if his practice has any financial interest in the agencies listed. The agency will then meet with you to discuss the needs of the patient’s health. The agency also acts as a liaison between the patient and the doctor– keeping the doctor informed about the patient’s health progress. At PrimRose, we are committed to helping your loved ones meet their health goals.

Ways Home Health Care Can Help

Staff from home health agencies can help in a variety of ways. They monitor the patient’s food and liquid intake, take vitals, assist with medications, determine pain levels, educate patients/caregivers on how to take better care of themselves, etc. They also assist with more basic tasks like bathing/dressing and managing daily activities. PrimRose home health care visits are generally covered 100 percent by Medicare through the Medicare home health benefit or by private insurance. Learn more about our Home Care option by clicking here.
While many of these services can be short-term, home care can cover long-term care depending on the patient’s needs. Long-term services such as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and infusion therapy may be utilized. In a nutshell, home health staff members ensure a person is able to live safely in their home.

Hospice

Hospice is not a place. It’s a concept about the quality of life as it nears its end for the patient, and for their families and friends. When medicine cannot provide a cure, hospice can offer comfort, care, and assistance that will help maintain a better quality of life for the patient. This type of attention (called palliative care) involves the treatment of physical and emotional pain and symptoms. It focuses on enhancing a patient’s comfort and improving the quality of life.

Patients Needing Hospice

Hospice care is for people with a life expectancy of 6 months or less (if the illness runs its normal course). If the patient lives longer than 6 months, he can still receive hospice as long as the hospice medical director (or other hospice doctors) reconfirms that the patient is terminally ill. When a patient seeks comfort and good quality of life because there is no cure for a particular illness, hospice is often the best choice.
Hospice is based on the belief that through sensitive, appropriate care, and the support of a caring community, terminally ill patients and their families can begin to prepare to face the inevitable challenges ahead.
PrimRose Hospice provides compassionate care to individuals in the final stages of life. We believe that everyone deserves to have a high quality of life, no matter what stage they are in. This philosophy is evident in the way we respectful care and treat each person.

How Hospice Works

The patient and his family will meet with a team of people to set up a plan to meet the patient’s needs. The people on this team can include doctors, nurses, counselors, social workers, pharmacists, therapists, aides, and volunteers.
Hospice allows the patient to continue living at home if that’s determined to be what is best; however, an inpatient facility may be necessary. PrimRose works well with those on hospice to meet their physical, mental, and social needs.

Ways Hospice Can Help

The hospice caregiving team provides the patient with physical and mental comfort. Their primary focus is ensuring the patient is alert, and pain-free as possible. In all, they make sure the patient is comfortable during their final stage of life.
Our PrimRose hospice associates can provide 24-7 on-call support, clinical and skilled care as well as spiritual and emotional counseling. We offer a full list of services to help enrich the experience for your loved one. We also offer bereavement care and counseling to help family members navigate life after their loved one passes.
It’s never easy to watch a loved one at the end of their lifespan. But we believe that with the gentle assistance of hospice care, you can help turn a difficult experience into a deeply meaningful one. Our goal is to help your loved one live out their remaining days fully, and with dignity. We handle the care requirements so you can focus on enjoying the precious moments with your loved one.

Finding What You Need

Depending on your loved one’s needs, both home health and hospice care options offer excellent services and could be of great benefit for your loved one. PrimRose is well aware of these services and has an experienced team of professionals who can assist in working with these care options.
At PrimRose, you are more than just a patient number on a folder. You have an assigned team just for you working with your physicians to provide the highest quality in care. Contact us today to see how we can help you or your loved one.