What is home health care?
Home health care is medical care delivered in the home by a team of homecare professionals including licensed nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and home health aides. Medicare-certified agencies provide intermittent care or short-term nursing and rehabilitative therapies under the direction of a physician to help patients reclaim optimal health.
Who uses home health care?
- Those experiencing a decline in health due to new diagnosis
- Those having difficulty managing a chronic disease like diabetes
- Those recovering after an extended hospital or rehab stay
- Those recovering from surgery like joint replacement or hip replacement
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients
- Those experiencing frequent or recent falls
What are the advantages?
- Personalized one-on-one care
- Quicker recovery time
- Convenience and comfort of home
- Affordable healthcare option
How do I qualify for home health?
- Medical necessity or having a skilled need as determined by your physician
- Must meet Medicare homebound criteria which means that leaving your home presents a hardship or is a “taxing” effort
- Must currently be under the care of a physician
Who pays for home health care services?
Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies cover home health care. Some policies will not cover all home health care services unless specific conditions are met, but Capital Health Home Care’s staff will be happy to help you get answers to all your insurance questions prior to service.