“Unskilled” or “Non-medical” care typically refers to companion and personal care activities such as bathing, grooming, dressing, as well as assistance with meal preparation, light housekeeping, and running errands. It could also include medication reminders, assistance with ambulation, and transportation to medical appointments. These types of services are typically provided by Home Health Aides (HHAs) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), and can be arranged for anywhere from 2 hours to 24-hours a day. “Unskilled” or “Non-medical” care is often sought by the elderly, new and expectant parents, individuals with disabilities, and those transitioning from a hospital or medical facility to home.
“Skilled” medical care follows a specific plan of care under the supervision of a Physician or Nurse (RN/LPN). Skilled medical care in the home can help provide a comforting solution to residing in a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living community.
Services provided under “skilled” nursing may include: catheterization, home infusion therapy, wound care, medication administration or management, and /or many other duties which require RN/LPN licensure.