What is the Difference Between Home Care, Home Health and Hospice?

We at Home Care Associates in Birmingham and Mobile, AL often receive calls asking for home health or hospice services. We take the time necessary to find the appropriate care that the elderly person needs, but this guide and info graphic should help explain the difference between the different services available to seniors who are in-home.

Home Health is a service considered to be “medical”. The services typically offered include, but are not limited to: therapy (both physical, occupational and speech therapies), skilled nursing services (including IV therapy, vital sign checks and wound care), and case management. Home health is paid for by Medicare or private insurance and there is typically no out-of-pocket expense to the patient.

Hospice includes end-of-life and palliative care. These services allow patients to live with dignity while they combat chronic diseases. Hospice services are typically administered by RN’s who manage medications and the patient’s needs. An added benefit of hospice is the offer of a chaplain and social services. The emotional well-being of all involved is a crucial part of hospice care.

Home Care is a industry wide accepted term for non-medical services. These include ADL assistance (bathing, dressing, medication reminders, transportation, meal preparation, etc.) and companionship/homemaker services.   These services allow clients who are typically elderly, to remain independent in their homes. Oftentimes, home care services complement home health and hospice. Most people receiving these services require home care as a component to proper recovery and healing.

For more information about providers in your area, call Home Care Associates at 800-977-3612.Home Care


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