What is “Home Health” and how does one qualify?
Recently, a doctor told an elderly friend of mine that they might want to consider “having home health come to the house a few days a week.” She had no idea what that meant so she gave me a call, here’s how I explained it:
Skilled Home Health/Therapy/Visiting nurse: a patient must have had a “face-to-face” with their doctor within 30 days and must be homebound (leaving home is a considerable and taxing effort). A nurse and/or therapist will visit every few days to ensure a doctor ordered plan of care is being followed. Many medical concerns related to the illness are covered by the patients insurance.
Private duty/home care: this is generally a private pay-by-the-hour service where a patient needs help with their activities of daily living like dressing, bathing and grooming. For a myriad of reasons, the patient (or, client) wants or needs to stay home. This service is a big help in turning a patients private residence into an assisted living. The visiting nurses aide is generally present 2-4 hours a day. Rates for this service can vary greatly.
Did you that Stow-Glen Home Health can help you stay home longer? Call today for a free evaluation- we’ll help with the paperwork and even the doctors orders!