Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Home Care v. Home Health Care: Which Does Your Family Need?

We all need a little help sometimes; and, as we get older, the amount of help we need sometimes grows.

If you're a senior or the adult child of a senior, it can be difficult to gauge just how much your family needs. And you don't want to give up more independence than you need to.

Do you just need someone around the house to tidy up and provide companionship? Or do you need a health-care professional around?

If you're not sure what kind of help your family needs, come to the Home Care v. Home Health Care program 3 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Mentor Public Library's Main Branch. (You can register for it here.)

In general, home care provides interactive care giving and companionship, while home health care has a medical component, including therapy.

Susie Pike from Comfort Keepers and Nancy Brothers from Interim HealthCare will offer more specifics Thursday. They will lead a round table about the differences between home care and home health care and also answer questions about what would be best for your family.

If you know your family needs a little help (or may need help,) but aren't sure what's best for your loved one, come to the Mentor Library Thursday afternoon. The round table and Q & A is free and open to everybody.

If you want to know more about the program, call the Mentor Public Library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 215.

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