If your senior loved one has reached a point where they need medical care at home, you may be wondering which type of care to hire. Home health care and hospice are both valid options that are suited to different situations. Learn more about both to determine which one is best for your loved one.

How Are Home Health Care & Hospice Different?

What Is Home Health Care?

Home health care is designed for patients who need help recovering from an illness or injury in their own homes. The care is typically provided by a team of nurses and aides. Depending on the situation, the patient may also be assigned a physical therapist, a dietitian, a speech/language pathologist, or a social worker to provide counseling. 

Home health care is a good option if you need temporary or long-term in-home treatment for your loved one. The service can be used until the patient has recovered from the original illness or injury. It can also be extended into hospice care in the event that your loved one doesn't recover.

What Is Hospice Care?

home health careHospice care provides symptom management to patients who have a serious illness, such as cancer or dementia. The goal of this type of care is to help patients live as comfortably as possible during difficult illnesses. Hospice care can be set up at home, in a care facility, or in a nursing home, depending on the person’s preference.

While most people think of hospice as end-of-life care, some patients do recover and are switched to a different kind of care, including in-home care. In addition to symptom management, hospice care provides your loved one with pain management, psychosocial support, and spiritual care during a trying time. You don't have to wait for a doctor to recommend this service, you can set it up yourself as you see fit.

 

 

Hire quality home health care for your loved one by contacting Safe Haven Home Care in Brooklyn, NY. These care providers serve patients throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx. This company employs a wide variety of specialists to provide all kinds of in-home care. Call (718) 968-6970 to discuss your loved one’s needs or visit their website for more information.