When you or a loved one is in need of support in the home, it can be confusing to navigate all the possible options. Would home health be a benefit or is private duty services for seniors required? What is the difference between the two?

Services for Seniors is a non medical service. This is recommended for individuals who need assistance performing daily activities such as bathing, driving, laundry, meal preparation and more. While it can certainly benefit those who may be recovering from a recent surgical procedure and have limited mobility, services for seniors staff are not able to administer medications or change wound care dressings. When it comes to the cost of private duty services for seniors, services are paid for privately. However, many long term care insurance policies will reimburse for a portion of the expenses dependent upon the benefits provided under your personal policy.

Home Health on the other hand, provides medical care in the home for individuals that have experienced a recent illness, fall, injury or hospitalization. The services include nursing, all the therapies (physical, occupational and speech), social work and home health aides. Home health nurses can treat wounds, help with diabetes management, monitor chronic and acute medical diagnosis and much more. Physical therapists provide therapy for endurance and strengthening, while occupational therapists assist in recovery of daily life skills (cooking, bathing, dressing, etc.). Home health social workers provide psychological support to individuals that are coping with chronic, acute or terminal illness. Home health aides assist with daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation. Medicare pays 100% for home health and many private insurance companies pay as well.

Both services for seniors and home health are available locally for residents in the Wimberley Community. If you feel you could benefit from either service please call Wimberley Home Health at 512-847-7080 or Angels for Elders at 512-847-7445 for a free consultation.