- What is Home Health Care?
Home health care is a broad range of professional health care and support services provided in people’s homes. Home health care provides physician ordered medical treatment for illness or injury to help people recover or regain as much independence as is possible for them.
Community Home Health offers services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or medical social workers to address many health problems including:
- Wound care
- Pain management
- Post-operative care
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disease
- Infusion therapy
- Oncology care
- Psychiatric care
- Who is eligible to receive home health care?
A person must meet three basic requirements in order to qualify for home health care:
- A person must have a doctor prescribe home health care.
- A person must need either skilled nursing care on an intermittent basis or therapy services.
- A person must be considered homebound and homebound status must be certified by a physician.
- What does homebound mean?
Basically, this means that a person requires the help or supervision of another person to leave the home, or that a person has to use a supportive device such as a cane or walker to leave the home. Homebound means that a person’s condition requires a considerable and taxing effort for them to leave the home. A person on home health is allowed to leave the home as often as they need for medical treatment that cannot be provided in the home. Occasional absences from the home for nonmedical purposes are permitted, e.g. an occasional trip to the barber/beauty shop, a walk or drive around the block, attendance at a family reunion, funeral, graduation, or other infrequent or unique event. Absences to attend religious services are also allowed.
- What qualifies as a home?
A client’s residence is wherever he or she makes their home. This may be at his or her own home, an apartment, a relative’s home, or an assisted living facility. However, an inpatient facility such as a hospital, skilled nursing facility (SNF), or intermediate care facility (ICF) is not considered the patient’s home.
- Who pays for home health care?
Medicare pays for home health services at 100 percent when the patient is eligible for services and meets the eligibility criteria. Medicaid coverage is subject to the limitations of the medical program identified on the Medical ID card. Private insurance coverage differs from contract to contract. We will verify coverage and any cost to the client before service begins. Private pay services are also available.
- How do I choose the right home care agency?
According to federal law, home health care patients have the freedom to choose which agency provides their home care services. Community Home Health has been in business since 1990 and would consider it a privilege to provide home care to you or your family member. Community Home Health is a family owned, hometown agency which strives to always provide quality health services to our community. We know each of our employees personally and can assure our clients that they will be treated with respect and dignity.
- What do I need to do to get home care services started?
Home care services can be initiated with a physician’s order. If a patient is in the hospital, a discharge planner will facilitate the referral process prior to discharge. Once we receive the order, our nurse will schedule a visit to do an initial evaluation. The nurse will relay her findings to the doctor and make recommendations for care.