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What’s the Difference: The Four Types of Home Health

Medicare Certified Home Health Agencies, Licensed Home Health Agencies, Licensed In Home Care Agencies, and Hospice

Most clients reach a point in their life where they need a caring hand. Care can’t be categorized as “one-size-fits-all”. It can be confusing deciphering the differences between “Licensed Home Health Agencies” and “Licensed In Home Care” and although it might be easier, you can’t just refer everyone to the hospice around the corner. But which type of care is right for you or your family? Here’s a guide to the four types of home health:

Medicare Certified Home Health Agencies: Provide skilled nursing services (part time/ intermittent), therapy services (physical, speech, or occupational) medical social services and home health aide services. They employ physicians, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, certified home health aides, nutritional specialists, and social workers. The main thing to take away from is that they accept Medicare as well private pay and private health insurance.

Licensed Home Health Agencies: Provide skilled nursing services (part time/intermittent), therapy services (physical, speech, or occupational therapy) medical social services and home health aide services. They employ physicians, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, certified home health aides, nutritional specialists, and social workers. They often accept private pay and private health insurance.

Licensed In Home Care Agencies: Provide non-medical personal care support with activities of daily living, such as meal preparation, bathing, toileting, and dressing. Services may include housekeeping, transportation, medication reminders, assistance with handling finances and companionship. They employ caregivers, which may be certified nurse assistants or home health aides. Licensed In Home Care can be paired with Home Health Agencies or Hospice to provide a continuum of care. They often accept private pay, and private health insurance.

Hospices: Provide palliative care, psychological, and spiritual care for the terminally ill and support for their families. They employ physicians, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, certified home health aides, nutritional specialists, social workers and spiritual counselors. They often accept private pay, private health insurance, and Medicare.

Home Health Companions is a Licensed In Home Care Company that provides non-medical care to its clients so they can stay at home as long as possible. We have experience working along side Home Health and Hospice and specialize in Alzheimer and Dementia Care and Parkinson’s.