Home health care, or medical home health care, is licensed medical care provided within a patient’s home. Care typically includes treatments like physical therapy, skilled nursing care, and assistance with medications, and is only provided by licensed medical professionals. It is often the same type of medical care given in communities such as nursing homes.
This type of service is different from home care, in which caregivers only assist with routine daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and medication reminders.
With home health care, licensed medical professionals – such as RNs, LPNs, or therapists – come to a patient’s home to administer medical care as prescribed by a doctor. Generally, these medical professionals are assigned by a state-licensed home health care agency.
In order to receive home health care, a doctor’s referral is typically required. From there, the home health care agency will schedule an appointment with the patient (and family, in some cases) to discuss their specific health-related needs, and to address any concerns. The agency staff member will also send progress updates to the referring doctor.
Home health care may be administered in conjunction with other types of home services, including:
Services often vary depending on what a patient’s physician has ordered.
Home health care staff typically fulfill the following tasks:
Aside from medical care, services also include education for the patient and family members on ongoing care, plus diet and nutrition guidance.
This type of care is often implemented following surgery, when a patient is able to leave the hospital but still requires medical attention. The nurse or medical attendant will assist with tasks such as:
It may also be utilized for individuals suffering from an illness or living with unstable health, but who still want to remain in their home.
Please note: always ensure that a medical home health care agency requires background checks for their staff.
Consider these statements below for yourself or on behalf of your loved one:
If two or more of these statements apply, then Home Health Care may be a good option. You could also consider the following solutions:
If you or your loved one are in better health than these statements indicate, the following solutions may be a better fit:
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Home health care costs can vary based on location, acuity level, and length of care time.
According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the National Median Costs are as follows:
When prescribed by a doctor, care is typically covered by private health insurance policies and Medicare, but often only for a limited amount of time. Long-term care insurance, veterans benefits, and private funds are other sources that cover home health care costs. There are financial assistance programs available to families in need; these tend to be available on the state level.
– Maya Angelou