Why Home Care?
- The home environment is comfortable, familiar and secure, giving people a greater sense of control
- Patients learn to do as much as possible themselves- how to get well and stay well at home
- Home care fosters independence. In-home care is personalized to meet individual’s needs
Home Care Is:
- Health care and related services provided to people in their homes;
- Designed to help people get well, stay well and remain independent at home;
- Care for any medical problem that can be appropriately managed at home including recovery from illness or surgery, chronic disease care, physical disabilities, even terminal illness.
Home Care Providers Are:
- Qualified health care professionals and assistants trained to provide and coordinate Home Health Care
- All home health services must meet established standards and be certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- A member of the North Carolina Association for Home Care
Home Care Services May Include:
1. Skilled Nursing
- Post Surgery Care
- Colostomy Care
- Laboratory Tests
- Catheter Care
- Wound Care
- Tracheostomy Care
- Medication Management
- Teaching, Assessment and Evaluations
- Other services as ordered by your doctor
2. Physical Therapy
- Therapeutic Exercises
3. Medical Supplies
4. Medical Social Worker
- Assist with accessing community resources
5. Home Health Aide
- Bathing and personal care
Home Care Is For
- Homebound individuals
- Everyone – young and old
- Everyone – regardless of financial situation
- Everyone – those with uncomplicated short term problems as well as those with illness that can be appropriately managed at home
To Receive Services: Ask your doctor or ask a member of the hospital staff to call for you.
Your Doctor Decides the treatment you or a family member should receive. He informs the Home Health Agency of the patient’s needs, and the staff keeps him informed of the progress.
Paying For Services: Medicare and Medicaid cover Home Health Services. Many health insurance policies cover Home Health Services. Patients are responsible for payment of any deductible and any fees not covered by their policy. Claims are completed and filed by the Home Health Agency. Fees are adjusted according to ability to pay.
Does Someone You Know Need Home Health Care?
- Is there a person in your home who needs skilled nursing care and treatment?
- Someone recovering from a heart attack?
- A cancer patient?
- A stroke victim who needs exercise?
- Are you wondering how you will take care of grandmother when she comes home from the hospital?
THEN. . . YOU MAY BE ABLE TO USE OUR SERVICES.
Home Health FAQ’s
Q: How do I get Home Health Services?
A: Services are provided under a doctor’s order. There must be a skilled need. This requires the skills of a professional nurse or therapist. You must be homebound or meet medical necessity guidelines.
Q: Do you have someone to stay with me and do housework?
A: We do not provide personal care services or chore-workers. We are a licensed, skilled home health agency.
Q: Can someone help me with a bath?
A: If your doctor orders a qualifying skill such as nursing or therapy, an aide may assist with bathing and personal care as long as the skilled professional is coming to see you.
Q: Who pays for these services if I qualify?
A: Medicare pays 100% of the Home Health visit benefit for qualified services. (Some supplies are also included). Medicaid will also cover some Home Health Services in addition to those covered by Medicare. Private Insurance varies. Authorization must be obtained. If no insurance is available, services are provided to clients with payments based on a sliding fee scale.
Q: How long can you keep coming?
A: Home Health Services are short-term. When your condition improves to a point that there is no skill, you will be discharged.