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home care and eldersHome care and home health care are types of care given to people in the comfort of their own home. These care options make it possible for people, especially seniors to remain in their homes rather than staying in other senior care homes or nursing home facilities.





People sometimes get confused between Home care and Home Health Care. The main difference is that Home Care refers to non-medical services provided by caregivers, while Home Health Care is a medical service prescribed by a doctor. In order to better understand the differences between home care and home health care, please see the chart below.


Home Care vs. Home Health Care Chart Comparison





Prescribed by the Doctor



Skilled Nursing Care



Offers occupational, physical, respiratoryand speech therapy

Administer Medications NO YES
Provides Medication Reminders YES NO
Help with Activities of Daily Living YES YES (Minimal)
Help with Household Chores like cooking, cleaning, etc. YES NO
Transportation Services YES NO
Payment Options Available Private Pay or Long-term Care Insurance Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, Veteran’s Insurance Pay or Private Pay

Please note that Medicare pays for Home Health Care ONLY if you meet certain conditions. For more information, click here.

You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227, TTY/TDD: 1-877-486-2048 for the speech and hearing impaired) or click here to check your Medicare eligibility and coverage.


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