Understanding the Difference between Hospice and Home Health Care
When it comes to caring for individuals with ongoing health conditions, The Care Team provides support in two distinct ways: hospice care and home health care. While both services offer crucial support, they serve distinct purposes and cater to the different needs of the patient and family members. Understanding the differences between hospice and home health care is vital for making informed decisions regarding the best care options for yourself or your loved ones.
What is hospice care?
Hospice care provides specialized support for those with terminal illnesses or conditions, with a primary goal of enhancing the quality of life and providing symptom relief for patients. We provide care by providing comfort, pain management, and emotional support. The Care Team’s hospice care is typically provided in the patient’s home, yet it is still distinct from home health care.
Key features of The Care Team’s hospice care
There are several key features of hospice care provided by The Care Team.
- Hospice care provides palliative care. Our hospice care emphasizes pain and symptom management to help improve the patient’s overall comfort. Our approach aims to alleviate physical discomfort and support a patient’s emotional well-being, and can include The Care Team’s specialty therapies like music, pet, aroma, and massage therapy.
- Hospice requires a multidisciplinary team. With The Care Team, hospice care involves a team of compassionate professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, specialized therapists, and even volunteers. They work collaboratively to provide holistic support, addressing the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and often the needs of their family, too.
- Hospice care includes emotional and bereavement support. This support is inclusive of the patient and their family members. Not only do services help the patient process their emotions and grief as they approach the end of life, but they also are provided to assist families during and after the patient’s passing.
What is home health care?
Home health care, on the other hand, is a broader term that encompasses a range of medical and non-medical services. The Care Team works in partnership with the patient and their physician to develop a plan of care following illness or injury, or to assist with chronic conditions.
Unlike hospice care, home health care is not limited to end-of-life situations and can be temporary or long-term, depending on the patient’s needs. The overall goal of home health care is to keep the patient in the comfortable and familiar home setting during recovery, with an ultimate goal of regaining independence in the home.
Key features of The Care Team’s home health care:
- Home health care brings skilled medical care to the home setting. Home health care provides professional medical assistance, such as wound care, medication management, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. It can also include The Care Team’s specialty therapies like music, pet, aroma, and massage therapy. Licensed healthcare providers, including nurses, our licensed, specialized therapists, aides are part of the comprehensive team that helps a patient heal in their own home.
- Home health care provides rehabilitative services. For individuals recovering from surgeries or medical procedures, home health care offers rehabilitative support, helping them regain mobility, strength, and independence within the comfort of their own homes.
- Home health care staff can provide assistance with daily living. An important part of the home health care plan can include non-medical services like bathing, dressing, meal preparation, and assistance with mobility. The Care Team provides services like these to help patients with their daily activities and improve their overall quality of life, supporting them as they heal.
While hospice care and home health care share the common goal of providing care and support to individuals in need at home, their scopes and objectives differ significantly. Hospice care is tailored for patients with life-limiting illnesses, focusing on pain management and emotional well-being. On the other hand, home health care encompasses a wider range of services, including skilled medical care and support for individuals recovering from illness or injury.
The Care Team provides individualized, patient-focused plans for both home health care and hospice patients. If you need help determining the right next steps in your healthcare journey, we are here to help you through the process. Contact us and we can help you make informed decisions when seeking appropriate care for yourself or your loved ones.