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Differences Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Care by Integrity

By: Integrity Home Care + Hospice

Did you know that Integrity Home Care offers non-medical (aka: non-clinical) care to go right along with our medical/clinical care? It’s all part of your individual in-home care plan—and what’s even better, is that it can flex and change throughout the duration of your services with us. After all, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all health journey—so we believe your care plan should be just as unique. 

Which Is Which & Who Gets What? 

As if determining which in-home care service you or a loved one needs doesn’t feel complicated enough, do you ever wonder how to choose (or whether you should ask for) a specific type of care within each service? 

Here’s the good news—at Integrity Home Care, our Care Navigation team will do all of that heavy (mental) lifting for you, guiding you every step of the way. 

Here’s the better news—all of our in-home care services are all-inclusive, so-to-speak. When we build your care plan, we don’t design it around a diagnosis or a list of problems—we start by finding out What Matters Most (to YOU), and only then, do we plug in the corresponding in-home care services/care-type that successfully address each of your needs. 

Because of this highly customizable approach, along with our passion for treating the whole person, the majority of our patients find that a combination of clinical and non-clinical care is most ideal. 

What Is Clinical Care?

Clinical care can simply be thought of as ‘medical care,’ and refers to any type of care administered by medically trained professionals such as nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, CNAs, and such. 

If Integrity Home Care is providing Home Health and Rehabilitation services to your loved one, some examples of clinical care could be: 

  • Vitals assessments 
  • Medication management 
  • Dressing/bandage maintenance and changing 
  • Ostomy care 
  • Physical or occupational therapy 
  • Injections 
  • IV infusions 
  • And more. 

If you retain Private Care services with Integrity, you utilize clinical care less, but some examples could potentially include: 

  • Vitals assessment
  • Medication management
  • Ostomy/wound care.

The in-home Hospice care provided by Integrity Home Care also routinely includes several forms of clinical care, as patients who are dealing with life-limiting diseases often require highly specialized care aimed at managing pain and meeting quality of life benchmarks. 

Some examples of clinical care found within Hospice services are:

  • Medication management/administering
  • Vitals assessments
  • Pain management.

What Is Non-Clinical Care?

Non-clinical care refers to any type of assistance that doesn’t require a medical professional to administer. 

This can include things like:

  • Companionship care
  • Respite care
  • Music therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Running errands
  • Cooking 
  • Laundry
  • Light housekeeping tasks
  • Playing cards/board games
  • Assistance with grooming (Shampooing/styling hair, clipping/painting nails)
  • Assistance with using the bathroom and/or bathing
  • And more.

Many times, certain forms of non-medical care are just as beneficial for the family as they are for the patient. Companionship/Respite care can give family caregivers a much-needed break and a chance to experience a time period of worry-free relaxation so that they can recharge their batteries and avoid caregiver burnout.

While clinical care is provided by licensed medical professionals, non-clinical care is mostly administered by Personal Care Attendants, Certified Nursing Aids, or Integrity Home Care Volunteers—all individuals with a heart to serve and a passion to help people remain in their own homes for as long as possible. 

Integrity Helps You or Your Loved One at Home 

Regardless of which type of care is most appropriate for your specific circumstances, you can trust that it will all be delivered with unmatched skill and compassion by every member of your clinical team at Integrity Home Care—from the very moment you begin your time with us. And if your in-home care needs should change along the way, we’ll adjust your care plan accordingly, without missing a beat. 

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to begin navigating your home health journey by answering any questions you may have—so give us a call, or send us a message—we can’t wait to hear from you!

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