There are a lot of similarity between Home Healthcare and Hospice Care. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. There are things that you will have to keep in mind when you are considering one or the other. Talk to the doctor and the nurses about the condition of your loved one. Doing this will help you determine what your needs are.
Home Healthcare is care in your home. You have a Nurse and a Certified Nurses Aide come in to your home to take care of your loved one. Home Healthcare is for about all stages of elderly care. The nurses will give medications and all other medical needs. The C.N.A.s will give all hands on additional care. Giving baths, helping with meals, cleaning, and basically anything that is a challenge for your loved one.
Hospice Care is for the very sick and dying. In most cases Hospice Care only takes care of your loved one for 6 months to 1 year. This is really good for one on one care. They usually come in and give your family member all the care in the world that they are able to give. Nurses come in and give injections, medications, changes tubes and lines, and helps with any questions anyone has about their health. In Home Healthcare Aids (C.N.A.) come in and give them complete one on one care. They give them baths, feed them (If they are able to eat), change their clothes, and just make sure that their comfort is obtainable. Hospice care is also available in Nursing care facilities for added comfort.
As where Home healthcare is for all types of personal care Hospice is for making someone that is in the last stages of their life comfortable and at piece. In some extreme cases Hospice caregivers are more for the families than the loved one. The only way of knowing what kind of care your family member is going to need is the type of condition. Asking questions is the best way to go about finding out what your next step is going to be.