Frequently asked questions about Home Health Care.

Home Care FAQs

What is Home Health Care?

Home Care is a great way for you to continue your medical treatment right at home. We will set you up with an agency who will be able to care for you or your loved one on a short term treatment plan.

Who Pays for Home Health?

  • Medicare – Services are covered at 100 percent if all criteria is met, with the exclusion of Infusion or prescription drugs.

  • Private Insurance – Services are covered as directed by the policy.

  • Medicaid – Skilled Nursing visits are covered. Therapy Services are not a covered service.

  • Private Pay – (No Insurance) Ask to speak with a hospital liaison.

  • Workers Compensation – Services are covered as directed by the workers compensation policy.

Who can refer to Home Health?

  • Hospital

  • Family Members or Patients

  • Nursing Homes

  • Skilled Bed Facilities

  • Assisted Living Centers

  • Rehab Facilities

  • LTAC

What assistive equipment might be necessary in the home?

Assistive equipment is any kind of tool or device that can help simplify caregiving or make the environment safer for an ill, disabled, or elderly person. Here are some of the more common types of assistive equipment to consider for the home:

  • bathroom grab bars

  • shower seats

  • bathtub mats

  • beds with special features that increase the person's ability to get in and out of bed

  • assistive telephones (for hearing-impaired and sight-impaired persons)

  • assistive stovetop burners (for sight-impaired persons)

  • assistive doorbell signaler (hearing-impaired persons)

  • walkers and canes

  • wheelchairs

  • entry ramps

  • home modifications (roll-in shower; stair lift; pull-down kitchen shelf; adjustable height wall cabinets)

There are many ways to obtain assistive equipment for the home. Talk with your physician or home health care provider about your particular needs and the best way to obtain assistive equipment.

What is involved in making the home environment safe?

When caring at home for an ill, aging, or disabled person of any age, it is important to consider the safety aspects of the home environment. The following checklist may be printed and used for home inspection.

  • Upstairs

    • Install a smoke detector in the hallway outside of bedrooms. Check and change batteries regularly.

    • Place a nonskid bath mat on the floor and a nonskid mat in the tub.

    • Store all prescription and over-the-counter medicines in original containers and in a safe place.

    • Use paper cups in bathroom to avoid spread of germs.

    • To avoid scalding, make certain the tap water temperature is set no higher than 120° F (Fahrenheit).

    • Make sure lighting in hallways and on stairs is adequate.

  • Downstairs

    • Store all cleaning supplies in their original containers.

    • Always turn pot handles inward when cooking on the stove to avoid possible spills. Use back burners whenever possible.

    • Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

    • Secure area rugs to prevent falls and slips.

    • Make sure furniture is securely placed and in good repair.

  • Outdoors

    • Keep stairs and walkways clear of snow, wet leaves, or other debris.

    • Repair cracks or chips in cement sidewalks and stairs.

    • Make certain railings, gates, and fences are secure and in good repair.

    • If you have a fireplace, wood burning stove, or other heat source, place barriers around it to avoid accidental burns.

    • Have chimneys and stovepipes inspected and cleaned regularly.

    • Make certain that hazardous items, such as bug sprays, cleaners, auto care products, and weed killers are secured and in their original containers in the garage, utility room, or basement.

  • Further Precautions

    • Post emergency numbers in easy-to-read type near each telephone in your house.

    • Make certain bathrooms and bedrooms can be unlocked from the outside.

    • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach.

    • Make sure the home has at least two unobstructed exits in case of fire or other emergency.

    • Check all electrical cords to make sure they are not cracked or frayed.

    • Make certain outlets or extension cords are not overloaded.

    • Avoid using space heaters. If they are used, make sure they are in safe condition. Never plug them into an extension cord. Do not place them near drapes or furnishings.

    • Know the location of the gas, electricity, and water cut-off valves in your home in case of emergency.