Each year there are many seniors in New Jersey that find themselves in need of either home health care or home care. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, the truth of the matter is that the two names actually refer to different things. As such, it is important to understand the different terminology before trying to find the right kind of caregiver to provide your loved one with the assistance he or she needs.

Home care, generally speaking is an umbrella term for a group of senior care services that are provided to individuals unable or unwilling to leave their homes. These services include non medical home care (also called companion care) AND skilled home health care.

Home health care is a sub type or sub classification of home care. It is the province of skilled certified home health aides to deliver these services. These caregivers can perform certain services that non medical caregivers cannot – such as bathing and grooming a client.

Non medical home care is also a sub type of home care. Caregivers that deliver this type of care are more limited in their scope. The types of services provided are typically meal preparation, medication reminders, companionship, running errands like grocery shopping and light housekeeping.

Both home health care and non medical home care can be be delivered to clients on an hourly and live in basis. Live-in care professionals tend to be hired more commonly to help individuals who need the most supervision or care.

Finding the right home care professional in New Jersey can be difficult, but it can be done with a little research and knowledge. Make sure not to only consider the needs of your loved one or family member, but also his or her wants. Whether it is non medical home care or home health care, the New Jersey agency contracted should provide a skilled, dependable caregiver with whom your loved one feels comfortable.