Home Care vs. Home Health Care
Which is which?
The landscape of healthcare is constantly changing and, every now and then, tumultuous shifts leave us scratching our heads. But it’s essential to be mindful of all the services available to us, as positive opportunities such as Vytalize Health pop up every now and then.
What is Vytalize Health? Answering that requires a general understanding of the field of in-home services.
With a subtle difference in meaning, home care is rather different than home health care or, simply, home health. Home care is a spectrum of non-medical services that benefit people who are unable to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). With a range that stretches from cleanliness and running errands to transportation and cooking, home care caters to people’s lifestyle in every non-medical sense.
Examples of services that fall under home care include, but are not limited to:
It is worth noting here that Medicare usually will not cover most, if not all, of the mentioned services.
Home Health Care
Home health, on the other hand, is the name given to an umbrella of services that, at their most demanding, must be provided by a Registered Nurse (RN) or a similarly trained medical professional. In that sense, home health services cover things such as vaccinations and injections, IV therapy, wound management, etc. for patients classified as homebound.
Examples of services that fall under home health include, but are not limited to:
Moreover, if patients meet Medicare’s eligibility criteria to receive home health care, Medicare covers skilled nursing care, occupational & physical therapy, speech-language pathology, medical social services and medical supplies.
Given the above definitions, Vytalize Health is in a category of its own. While Vytalize Health will coordinate home care as well as home health, it sends certified visiting Nurse Practitioners (NP’s) to Medicare patients for primary care services as well as new Medicare services including chronic care management, behavioral health and other preventative services, some of which can be delivered remotely.
Since nurse practitioners can perform many of a physician’s responsibilities, Vytalize Health uses telemedicine to connect patients with doctors, while having the nurse practitioner do all the on-the-ground medical treatment from the patients’ homes.
In a short, crude sense, home care represents mobile non-medical services, home health embodies medical services that can be dispensed by a Registered Nurse (RN), while Vytalize Health is a practice led by physicians and Nurse Practitioners (NP’s) that sends NP’s to provide traditional and new Medicare-covered services as well as advanced healthcare treatment.