By Rutherford Regional Health System

“Home care,” “home health care,” and “in-home care” are phrases often used to mean any type of care given to a person in the home.

More recently there is a growing movement to distinguish between “home health care,” meaning skilled nursing care (usually provided by a home health agency), and “home care” (provided by home care agency or independent home health aide or caregiver), meaning non-medical care.

Home care aims to make it possible for people to remain at home rather than use residential, long-term, or institutional-based nursing care. Home health care providers deliver services in the client’s own home. These services may include some combination of professional health care services and life assistance services.

Professional home health services may include medical assessment, wound care, medication teaching, pain management, disease education and management, physical therapy, speech therapy, and/or occupational therapy. PROOF_LOGO_RRHealthSystem_DukeLP_jj

Home care services include help with daily tasks such as meal preparation, medication reminders, laundry, light housekeeping, errands, shopping, transportation, and companionship.

Home health care is often an integral component of the post-hospitalization recovery process, especially during the initial weeks after discharge when the patient still requires some level of regular physical assistance.

Professionals providing home health care include registered nursesphysical therapistsoccupational therapists, home health aides and social workers. Rehabilitation services may be provided by physical therapistsoccupational therapistsspeech and language pathologists and dietitians.

Home care aides, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), and caregivers are trained to provide non-custodial or non-medical care, such as help with dressing, bathing, getting in and out of bed, and using the toilet. They may also prepare meals, accompany the client to medical visits, grocery shop, provide companionship and do various other errands.

Locally, Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) began Carolina Home Care, a division of RRHS, in 1987 that’s based out of Forest City. Currently it serves people in Rutherford, Polk, McDowell, Cleveland and Burke counties. Its services are divided between (1) home health care, and (2) alternative programs which provides the non-skilled services previously described.

Carolina Home Care’s services include: nursing, home health aides, medical social services, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy. Its alternative programs include companion services, the Community Alternatives Program for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA), and personal care services.

For information about any of these services, you may call 828-245-3575 or 855-848-3575.