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.
• 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.
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