Sunshine Terrace Home Health
What is Home Health?
Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home. Home health care is less expensive and more convenient than care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.
In general, home health care includes part-time or intermittent skilled nursing care, and other skilled care services like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology (therapy) services. Services may also include medical social services or assistance from a home health aide. Usually, a home health care agency coordinates the services your doctor orders for you.
What Services Does Home Health Provide?
Examples of Home Health Services Include:
- Wound care for pressure sores or surgical wounds
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Speech-Language Therapy
- Medical Social Services
- Patient and Caregiver Education
- Intravenous or Nutrition Therapy
- Cognition therapy to improve memory
- Monitoring Serious Illness and Unstable Health Status
- Post-surgical care
- Home health aides
How Do I Get Started on Home Health?
You may be eligible for home health care services under these situations:
- A homebound criterion is usually required.
- The patient is under the care of a physician who manages and authorizes the need for services.
- The patient requires the skilled services of a registered nurse, physical therapist and/or speech therapist.
To qualify for Medicare home health services, there are five basic requirements:
- Your physician must determine that you need home health care services.
- Your own physician must write the orders for home health services, and oversee your care.
- You must need skilled services that are provided by a nurse or therapist.
- Your physician must determine that you are homebound, requiring considerable effort and help to leave home.
- The services you need are only required on a part-time, or intermittent, basis.
Who Pays for Home Health?
If you are Medicare eligible and qualified for care, there is no out of pocket cost to you. Home care can also be paid for by many private insurances or a variety of public programs.
These services can be paid for directly by insurance, community entitlement programs or by the patient and his or her family. Insurance companies have varying eligibility and payment policies. We are always willing to help you explore payment options. Because benefits and requirements can vary, we can help you check with payers about your specific benefits, even before beginning services, so you can have this information at the start of care.
- Medicare pays 100% of the cost for home health care for individuals 65 years of age or over or permanently disabled.
- Private insurance will pay for home health care. Benefits vary per policy and verification of benefits is required.
- Medicaid pays 100%. Pre-authorization is required.
- Workers Compensation Insurance
- Private Pay