Commonly Asked Question
Can You explain what exactly Home Health Care is I really need some help?
Answer: Home health care provides medical treatment for an illness or injury, with the goal of helping you recover, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible.
Caring Nurses Home Health Care offers health care services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. We can also offer specialized chronic care programs that focus on actively involving you in your health care process, addressing conditions including:
- heart disease
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- pain management
- wound care
- infusion therapy
- chronic kidney disease
- psychiatric services
What can I expect on the first home health care visit?
Answer: On the first visit, a nurse or therapist will conduct an initial evaluation. At Caring Nurses, this thorough interview and evaluation is part of our coordinated approach to managing your overall health status. Our evaluation focuses on educating you in self-care management and partners with your doctor to promote disease prevention and proactive care which includes the family or caregivers.
This team approach facilitates an easier transition for you from a hospital or nursing facility to your home, and actively engages you and your caregivers in your health care.
Will Caring Nurses create a personalized care plan that meets all my needs?
Answer: After your doctor refers you to Caring Nurses Home Health Care, a Caring Nurses clinician will come to your home to assess your needs. We will communicate with your doctor to discuss the assessment and work together to develop your personal plan of care. Caring Nurses Home Health Care staff will implement your physician-ordered plan of care and keep your doctor updated about your progress. If your condition changes, we’ll collaborate with your doctor to review your plan of care and make any adjustments deemed necessary.
Is Home Health Care provided around the clock or as often as I decide ?
Answer: The frequency of home health care visits and the services provided are based on your doctor’s orders in your personal plan of care. A Caring Nurses case manager with work with you and your doctor to discuss all needs. Your doctor may change your plan of care, increasing or decreasing the number of visits or services provided, in order to provide you with the best home health care for your needs.
Can I request a Home Health Company that I want?
Answer: Federal law gives patients the freedom to choose their health care provider under Medicare. You should alway make your own informed decision on who provides your care.
How will I know if I am eligible for home health care?
Answer: There are several requirements for receiving home health care:
- You must have a doctor prescribe home health care.
- You must need either skilled nursing care on an intermittent basis or therapy services (i.e., physical/occupational/speech therapy)
- You must be restricted in your ability to leave home (“homebound”), and your homebound status must be certified by a physician.
- This means that you require the help or supervision of another person, or you use a supportive device such as a cane or walker. You can leave the home as often as you need for medical treatment. You are allowed brief and infrequent absences from the home for some non-medical reasons, such as an occasional trip to the barber/beauty shop or a walk around the block.
What does Medicare’s ‘homebound’ requirement mean?
Answer: To be considered homebound, leaving your home must take a considerable effort and require assistance. If you’re able to drive, you probably don’t meet the homebound requirement. A normal inability to leave your home must exist. If you’ve been classified as homebound, it doesn’t mean you can never leave the house. You won’t lose your Medicare homebound classification if you only leave for short periods of time to:
Attend religious services
Go to a licensed, certified or accredited adult day care program
Receive medical treatments
Attend special events such as
family reunions, funerals, graduations or weddings
Essentially, your condition should be such that there exists a "normal inability to leave home" and doing so would require considerable and taxing effort. Generally speaking, you would be considered homebound if you have a condition due to an illness or injury that restricts your ability to leave home without the aid of an assistive device (such as crutches, canes, walkers or wheelchairs), without the assistance of another person, or if leaving the home is medically inadvisable.
You can leave the home as often as you need for medical treatment that cannot be provided in the home. Further, you are allowed brief and infrequent absences from the home for some non-medical reasons, such as an occasional trip to the barber/beauty shop, to attend church, or for unique family events (like a Wedding).
To help assess whether or not you qualify as homebound. You can call us or ask your doctor to help determine if you're eligible for home health.
Who pays for home health care services?
Answer: If you meet certain eligibility requirements, Medicare may pay for your covered home health care for as long as you’re eligible and your doctor certifies that you need it.
Additionally, your state’s Medicaid program or your private insurance also may cover home health care, or some services that Medicare doesn’t cover. Check with your state Medicaid program or insurance company to learn about their specific eligibility requirements.
What qualifies as a “home” when home health care is being considered?
Answer: A patient’s residence is wherever she makes her home. This may be her house, an apartment, a relative’s home, a home for the aged, or some other type of institution. However, a hospital, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or intermediate care facility (ICF) is not considered the patient’s home.
What’s the difference between Private duty care, home health care ?
Answer: Home care or Private Duty agencies perform household and personal care services, like preparing meals, cleaning, and helping with bathing or dressing and typically not covered by any insurance plans.
Home health care provides medical treatment for an illness or injury, with the goal of helping you recover, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. Home health care can also help you live with a chronic condition, like heart disease, Lung Disease, or diabetes. Additionally, home health care can include some personal care services, like help bathing and dressing, as part of the plan of care ordered by your doctor.
What Is Hospice Care and why would I choose it ?
Answer: Hospice is health care that involves treatment of some of the most seriously ill of all patients. Hospice can be provided at home, or in an inpatient setting at a hospice care facility. Hospice care, also known as palliative care, is care for some of the sickest patients, often ones who are terminally ill (near death). Once all treatment options have been exhausted, a patient is placed in hospice care to provide comfort and dignity in one's final days.