What is home bound status?
To be homebound means:
- Leaving your home isn’t recommended because of your condition
- Your condition keeps you from leaving home without help (such as using a wheelchair or walker, needing special transportation, or getting help from another person)
- Leaving home takes a considerable and taxing effort
A person may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending religious services. You can still get home health care if you attend adult day care, but you would get the home care services in your home.
What are the Medicare-covered Home Health Services?
Medicare Parts A and B cover part-time or intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, home health aide services, medical social services, durable medical equipment (such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen, and walkers) and medical supplies, and other services.
What is plan of care?
This is the written doctors orders for home health services and treatments based on the patient’s condition. The plan of care is developed by the doctor, the home health team, and the patient. The home health team keeps the doctor up-to-date on the patient’s condition and updates the plan of care as needed. It is the doctor, and not the home health team, that authorizes what services are needed and for how long.
HOME HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED
Skilled RNs and LVNs: Registered Professional Nurses assess patients and perform care plans according to the patient’s physician orders. RNs and LVNs visit the patient at home to carry out these orders on a regular basis by providing wound care, disease care, diet, medication, pain management, and more. They also coordinate patient care, make necessary referrals, report to physician/other staff members changes in patient needs, and evaluate outcomes of care plan. Our RNs and LVNs also perform on-call responsibilities and provide on-call service to patients 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Certified Nursing Aides: Our home health aides provide personal healthcare and related services such as assisting with bathing, dressing, and other personal hygiene needs to the patient in their place of residence. They assist in providing a safe and clean environment, work cooperatively with patient, family, and share observations, and problems with the registered nurse. The Home health aide works under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse.
Physical Therapists: Assess and perform care plans according to the patient’s physician orders. Physical Therapist Services (PTS) carry out these orders on a regular basis to care for persons with lower body functional limitations.
Occupational Therapists: Licensed Occupational Therapists (OT) assesses implements and writes care plans, evaluates patient care plans according to the patient’s physician orders in order to restore or maintain patient well being. They evaluate occupational roles and occupational performance of patients with physical, psycho-social and/or cognitive impairments.
Speech Therapists: A registered professional who provides therapeutic techniques for the rehabilitation of patients with speech, language, hearing, oral motor, swallowing and cognitive disorders.
Licensed Medical Social Workers: Our MSW assesses the home health patient to identify psychosocial, financial, environmental and community needs. Help patients utilize available resources of family and community. They perform psychosocial assessments, analysis, counseling and referrals to meet the needs of the patient.
Special Services Provided:
- Blood pressure monitoring
- Diabetic Care
- Medication management
- Pain management
- Wound care
- Catheter care
- Primary Home Care
- Community Living Assistance and Support Services
- Medically Dependent Children Program