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What Is Home Care?

What is Home Care?

Home care is a general term for someone who receives assistance in their home rather than living in a care facility. Most states require an agency to be licensed to provide in-home care services. In Illinois, home care agencies are licensed by Illinois Department of Health (IDPH). Home care and home health care differ. A home health care agency holds a license to provide medical assistance in the home while a home care agency assists individuals with non-medical activities of daily living.

What is Home Care?

What does home care provide?

Anyone who needs assistance taking care of themselves and/or their home can receive help from a home care provider. A home care agency can assist with:

Personal care activities, such as bathing and toileting, are home care services that an agency may provide. A caregiver helps those who require assistance with hygiene regain a sense of independence. Sometimes, these are referred to as Activities of Daily Living (ADL). ADLs are defined as: eating, bathing, dressing, continence, transferring and toileting.

Companionship and homemaker services, sometimes referred to as Instrumental Activities Of Daily Living (IADL), are services that provide the assistance necessary to live independently but not necessary for fundamental functioning. These include activities such as shopping, preparing meals, paying bills, etc.

Respite Care refers to temporary or short-term care provided to the patient so that the primary informal caregiver, like friends and family, can take a break or rest.

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