According to History.com, “More babies were born in 1946 than ever before: 3.4 million, 20 percent more than in 1945.” This was the beginning of the baby boom, which is the nation’s largest living adult generation. As this generation continues to age, the population of older adults will increase tremendously throughout the next decade. Therefore, the need for home care services or assisted living will increase. Are you considering home care or assisted living services for a loved one? We hope to minimize any confusion by explaining the difference between the two.
What Is Home Care?
Home health care consists of services that can be provided in the home of an older adult with special needs. Medicare.gov has found that home care is just as effective as the care older adults will get in a hospital or nursing facility. The main focus of home care is to treat an individual with an illness or injury in an effort to regain independence and become self-sufficient. Home care services include:
- Personal care: bathing, and/or getting dressed.
- Homemaking: cleaning, yard work and laundry.
- Cooking: preparing and serving meals.