Generally, about 70 percent of people aged 60 and above will need long term health care services at some point in their lives. It is very important to know what kind of health care service provider offers the required services.
The difference between home health care and nursing home care starts with the availability of facilities. There are 15,622 nursing homes in the US (according to StateHealthFacts.org), compared to the 33,000 US home health care agencies. This shows that home health care is easier to be obtained due to the larger number of agencies and health care personnel.
Another difference is the deals which the services provided. Nursing homes offer room and board, nursing care, personal care, social and recreational activities, medication management and adult day services. Home health care service providers, on the other hand, offer skilled nursing care, medical social services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, and home health aide.
When it comes to Alzheimer's care services, more nursing homes offer this service, but the home health care providers that do offer this service do not charge extra for it.
Medicare coverage in home health care is also more encompassing than provided by nursing homes. In a way, it can be said that home health care is specifically tailored to suit individual needs.