Basic Information about Home Health Care

The provision of home health care involves an interdisciplinary healthcare team that might include a registered nurse, therapist, personal care aide, home medical equipment supplier, social worker, and most importantly, informal caregivers such as family members. While every member is important, the physician is legally responsible as the leader for determining the patient’s health care needs. Physicians are also responsible for developing, certifying, and recertifying treatment plans when it comes to the provision of senior care.

House Call Services
According to current regulations, physicians, physician assistants, and registered nurse practitioners are allowed to provide house call services. The doctor gets to assess the home setting and circumstances of a patient while making a house call, making it possible to observe and address issues that can be missed during an office visit. For instance, there might be factors such as the burnout of your elderly caregiver, cluttered hallways, or lack of railing that keep patients from functioning as well as they should. A home visit could also reveal patient abuse or the application of medications that might get in the way of treating or managing the disease. House calls are also helpful for patients who have difficulty getting out of the house since they won’t have to travel for healthcare services.
Is Home Health Care Right for You?
Home health care is particularly useful for patients in need of therapy, nursing, or aide services. You might require assistance if:
• You have trouble getting around, particularly if you are recovering from an accident or extended hospital stay
• You need frequent injections or medication
• You have wounds that need regular cleaning
• You have insufficient knowledge about your medical condition and how to monitor it
• You need assistance with basic functions such as bathing, dressing or preparation of meals
• You are in the final stage of an incurable ailment and need both care and emotional supportYou most likely need home care services if you have one or more of the issues mentioned above. Depending on their medical condition, some patients need home care services for a limited amount of time and others on an ongoing basis.

Medicare

To qualify for Medicare coverage, a patient has to be “confined to the home.” As such, knowing the criteria used to consider a patient confined to the home is important. Medicare outlines the following as a guideline for qualification. Also included is a list of conditions every qualified patient has to meet.
• Patients don’t have to be bedridden
• Patients should have a condition that makes it relatively hard for them to leave their homes

Patients are allowed to leave their homes to:

• Attend a religious service
• Visit a healthcare professional
• Go out for an occasional outing such as walking around the block or attend a family reunion and any other unique event as long as it is not on a regular basis