One Stop Shopping For All Of Your Home Health Care Needs
The maze of health care services can be confusing and complicated. Who pays for the service? Is it Medicare, my private insurance, or will I pay out of my own pocket? Below are a few examples of services and how they might be paid.
You have just left the hospital after receiving knee replacement surgery. Your doctor has requested that a home health agency follow your recovery in the comfort of your home for a few weeks. The medical equipment you need is delivered to you at home. You receive physical therapy to help regain the range of motion in your knee and a nurse monitors your vital statistics and progress. Home Health and Home Medical Equipment are both covered by Medicare and private insurance.
Your husband has Alzheimer’s and his disease has worsened such that you no longer feel able to take care of him 100% of the time. Personal Care can come to your home and assist with homemaking, nail and foot care, care related transportation, daily personal activities, or just let you have a break. You do not need a doctor’s orders to receive personal care. Personal Care is not covered by Medicare but is covered by long term care insurance or by personal pay.
Your wife has severe nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy to treat her lung cancer. Her doctor has ordered hydration therapy. Rather than having to go to the hospital, Home Infusion Therapy will provide intravenous hydration for her in the comfort of your home.
You have learned that your loved one’s disease has progressed to a stage where treatment is no longer working and your loved one is told they have 6 months left to live. The game plan now turns to comfort care. This is where Hospice comes in. Hospice is an experienced team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, home health aides, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and volunteers all focused on providing the highest quality end of life care. Patients are accepted into hospice care based on their health needs, not their ability to pay. Medicare/Medicaid coverage pays for all Hospice team visits and services, medications, equipment, and supplies related to the patient’s terminal illness.
In choosing a home care service provider it is wise to look at the variety of services they offer and pick the one that has all of the services that you need now or may need in the future. It is easier to deal with one company rather than several.
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