What Is Home Health Care?

What Does Home Health Care Mean?

Home health care refers to specific medical services provided by a nurse or therapist who comes out to your home.

Typically, if you need temporary continued care after a hospital stay, you would go to a rehabilitation or nursing home (skilled nursing care). However, home health care allows you to receive the same effective treatment at home, but it costs less and is more convenient.

When you opt for treatment at home, like after a knee replacement surgery, it is less expensive because you do not need to pay for room and board, food, or 24-hour nursing staff.

Instead, you can stay in the comfort of your own home and receive treatment by a nurse who visits you at the house.

What Services Does Home Health Care Provide?

Home health care treats an injury or illness after a hospital stay. Some of the services included in home health care are:

  • Part-time nursing care that monitors severe illness or unstable health conditions
  • Injections of medication
  • Treatment for a surgical wound or pressure sores
  • Drug infusions or injections
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Education about treatment and recovery for patients and caregivers

What Is the Goal of Home Health Care?

Since the intention of home health care is recovery from an illness or injury, your medical team wants to see you get well again.

When you are well, you can return to your routine, self-sufficient, and independent lifestyle. Your doctor also expects your condition to resolve or at least decline more slowly.

Who Pays for Home Health Care?

Typically, your Medicare benefits cover home health care costs.

If you have a Medicare Advantage policy, your insurer can tell you how it covers home health care benefits.

If you have a Medicare supplement policy or private health insurance plan, the doctor or medical provider can order home health care for your recovery.

Your doctor or medical provider can provide you with a list of agencies that provide home health care services in your area. Important to note, the organization providing the referral must tell you if they receive financial compensation from a listed provider.

What How Do I Start Home Health Care?

If your doctor determines that home health care is appropriate, he or she will write orders referring you to a provider.

Next, you schedule an appointment with a home health care agency, and they will come to your house. During the meeting, they go over your medical needs, find out more about your health history, and set up a treatment schedule.

In the meantime, the home health care company also contacts your doctor to make sure you receive the appropriate care. They also notify your doctor of your progress, who may request changes to your home health care orders.

Make sure the home health care staff visit you as frequently as the doctor requires. If you do not receive enough visits, contact your doctor immediately.

What Should a Home Health Care Worker Do?

Usually, when the home health care worker visits you, they will check your vitals, like blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and temperature.  They will also talk with you about your medications, to make sure you take the prescription correctly. They will ask about your pain level and ask you to describe it.

Then, the home health care provider may discuss your diet and check your home to make sure it is safe while you recover.

Also, you should expect the home health care worker to teach you about your treatment so you can take care of yourself once the home care concludes.

Finally, the home health care worker facilitates communication between you, your doctor, and anyone else who provides your care.

Where Can I Buy a Medicare Supplement that Covers Home Health Care?

AARDY is the nation's fastest Medicare insurance marketplace. We can help you find the best Medicare plan that includes Home Health Care coverage.

Our service compares Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans so you can find the best one for your needs.

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