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How to Learn About Home Health Care


At some point you or someone you love may need home health care. Do you know how to select the agency that best meets your needs? Do you know your options?

What is Home Health Care? Home Health care and Personal Care is health care delivered in the patient’s home. Services may range from Skilled Nursing care following a hospital stay, rehabilitative services and or assistance with activities of daily living. Due to medical technological advances, what once was only cared for in a hospital now is safely and efficiently administered in the home setting. All Home Health care and or Personal Care is ordered by your physician and can range from skilled care to bathing or housekeeping assistance.


Who provides Home Health services? Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides are trained to provide professional Home Health services.


What to consider when choosing a Home Health Agency: Make sure the home health agency has proper credentials. Is the agency licensed to provide the services you need? Is the agency committed to quality? Ask your friends and neighbors if they are familiar with the agency. How many years has the agency been in the community? What are the hours of operation and what happens if you need care after normal business hours or on week-ends, is someone on call? Is the agency bonded? Are criminal history background checks part of their hiring practices? Does the agency have adequate staff to care for your needs?


Who pays for Home Health services? Medicare will pay for Home Health services but certain criteria must be met. Most private insurance companies have provisions for Home Health care. Certain categories of Medicaid pay for Home Health services. Private pay is also accepted for services provided.


Keep in mind, the goal of a good Home Health Agency is to help each patient become as independent as possible and to enjoy a better quality of life.


If you would like further information regarding Drew Memorial
Home Health services please call us at 870-367-1154.