Personal Care Assessment vs. Skilled Care Assessment

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In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services noted that Americans turning age 65 have about a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services in their future. Long-term care services can cover both a person's medical and nonmedical needs, helping them maintain their independence.

Depending on the functioning level of the person, long-term care services may assist with their activities of daily living — bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding, ambulation, grooming — and instrumental activities of daily living — grocery shopping, medication reminders, transportation and homemaking.

When a local Right at Home office is contacted for service, a consultation is performed to assess the care needs of the client so a custom care plan can be initiated. As state regulations and services vary, differing consultations may be considered — a personal care assessment or a skilled care assessment will be conducted by a local care team member or a professional licensed nurse (a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse).

What is the difference between these two types of assessments? To learn more, visit the Right at Home blog, where you will always find the latest updates and information about home care.

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Right at Home, Inc. is a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those we serve. We fulfill that mission through a dedicated network of locally owned providers of in home care services.