HOME HEALTH CARE – CURATIVE AND RESTORATIVE
Home health care includes a wide range of skilled nursing and social services delivered in your home to treat illness or injury. Care is focused on helping you manage a chronic condition or recover from an acute illness, surgery, accident, or a change in medical condition.
Services are covered fully by traditional Medicare and based on policy specifics also covered through private insurance companies. Home Health benefits include intermittent skilled nursing care, therapy, and care provided by a home health aide. Depending on the circumstances, home health care can also be provided while you are receiving other types of treatment or care.
HOW DO I QUALIFY?
There are well defined qualifying criteria that are used to determine if Home Health services are appropriate for you. These include your homebound status, meaning it is extremely difficult for you to leave your home and you need help doing so; You need for skilled nursing services and skilled therapy care under the supervision of a licensed professional; And, if your care need is Intermittent, meaning care is needed for at least 30-60 days.
WHAT SERVICES ARE INCLUDED IN MY CARE?
While receiving home health care, Staff will educate and teach you and those who help you to continue any care you may need, including medication, wound care, therapy, and managing stress.
Most often, the types of services performed in home health include Skilled nursing associated with performing and teaching about injections, tube feeding, catheter changes, wound care, observation and assessment of your condition and the management and evaluation of your overall treatment plan. Skilled therapy services like physical, speech or occupational therapy that is necessary for treating your condition are also provided. Additionally, certified aides, medical supplies and equipment are also available through home health services.
WHY HOME HEALTH CARE?
The need for home health care has grown for many reasons. Medical science and technology have improved. Many treatments that could once be done only in a hospital can now be done at home. Also, home health care is usually less expensive and can often be just as effective as care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. And just as important, most patients and their families prefer to stay at home rather than be in a hospital or a nursing facility.