A common question that Americans seem to still have involves the difference between an in home care aide and a home health care provider. While the terms are commonly used interchangeably, there is a distinct difference, as anyone within the home care industry would easily understand.
However, most Americans do not have any prior experience with home care support services so when they or a loved one requires this level of assistance, they might not know where to turn, what to look for, and that can lead to choosing the wrong provider.
Outreach is a powerful marketing strategy that can benefit home care agencies operating in just about any region throughout the country. By providing free seminars, resources, clinics, or even flyers sent out to an aging population within the region, these home care agencies can offer information that can be extremely beneficial to not only aging men and women who may struggle with Activities of Daily Living, but also younger individuals worried about the safety and support of their elderly parents, grandparents, or other loved ones.
A simple definition is easy to provide, and even though the Internet provides a great bastion of resources and information, there are minute details that can make significant differences in the lives of those who need assistance.
The Winston-Salem Journal blog, What is the difference between in-home care and home health care? by Alex Raths noted in an answer to an inquiry from a reader:
“In-home care is provided by caregivers, sometimes called home care aides or personal care aides. These individuals are trained to understand the particulars of senior care. Home care aides can assist older adults with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and eating or just offer companionship. You might consider hiring in-home care if you or a loved one needs assistance with activities of daily living, does not drive or have access to transportation or live alone and are at risk for social isolation. In-home care is paid for privately by individuals or their families, certain long-term care insurance companies or by Medicaid for qualifying people.”
Helping to share information through news media outlets, social media platforms, websites, blogs, in person conferences and seminars and resource fares, and so forth is a great opportunity for home care companies large and small across the country to help regular, average American citizens understand not just the benefits of home care for those who need these types of services, but to determine which one is best for each situation.
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