Although they’re oftentimes used interchangeably home care and home health care are not the same thing. The term home care describes services that address activities of daily living (ADLs), like personal hygiene, meals and transportation. On the other hand, home health care is more extensive, covered by Medicare, and usually ordered by a doctor after a nursing home or hospital stay. If you’re an aging in place senior, or are currently taking care of one, knowing the difference between home care and home health care is important.

Senior Home Care

Depending upon the state you live in home care services are usually provided by certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or nurses’ aides. Although home care aides are well-trained on chronic illnesses and disabilities, they cannot typically perform medical-related services and most work under the direct supervis