What is Home Health Care?
Home health care is an excellent, cost-effective alternative to hospital or other institutional care. Services are based on the individual’s need as defined by his or her physician’s plan of care and may range from 24-home-a-day care to monthly visits from skilled nurses, therapists, social workers and/ or home health aides.
What are the advantage of Home Health Care?
In many cases, home health care permits a person to be discharged earlier from the hospital, reduces hospital admissions, assist with a more rapid recovery. Most importantly, people are happier at home and receive more care and attention from family, friends, and home health care professionals.
Who uses Home Health Care?
People of all ages use home health care services from senior citizens to young children. Some example includes:
- Those who are terminally ill and want to live their final days with dignity surrounded by loved ones in the comfort of their own homes
- Those who can be discharged from a hospital or nursing homes but need additional care
- Those who have short-term health needs
- Those who need assistance due to age or disability to remain at home
- Those who need education about the disease process and training on how to best care for themselves
How does service begin?
A physician, patient or family member can initiate service, however, Medicaid and most insurance request physician oversight, once the physician prescribes health care, he/she authorizes a coordinated treatment plan commonly called a “plan of care” and periodically evaluates services and the patient’s progress.
Are nurses and therapist required to evaluate the patient’s home care needs? if so what does this involve?
The patient’s first visit consists of a thorough assessment of physical, mental, emotional and social needs from this assessment, an individualized plan of care is developed with input from the family and authorization from the patient’s physician.