“Home Health Agency: What you need to Know.”

Home Health Agency:

Home health agency provides skilled care,to those in need, and is prescribed;

If you are eligible for home health care you can receive skilled nursing care and rehabilitative care from approved home health care services. These services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology services, medical social services, durable medical equipment, medical supplies, and other services provided in your home.

Home Health Agency
Home Health Agency

For a good example ; let’s say you end up in the hospital after a fall and get surgery on your knee. After spending at least 3 days in the hospital it’s time to get discharged, but you have not completely healed from your injury. The discharge documents from your physician will include information about you being home bound and needing short-term skilled care. The documents will also include a plan of care that notifies Medicare and health care agencies of the services and equipment you will need while being cared for. Once this happens you are now eligible to receive home health care from a Medicare/ Medicaid approved agency.

Be sure to ask the home health care agency about what services Medicare/ Medicaid will pay for and what is not covered, as some services are not covered by Medicare. Home health agencies must notify you of the cost of services in writing before starting care.

However, you may be responsible for 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for durable medical equipment. Cost and benefits may be different for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, so check with your plan to find out how they provide Medicare-covered home health benefits

Non-skilled personal care includes activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, dressing, eating, chores, and health-related care that most people do on their own, like taking insulin. Agencies that offer these services are referred to as home care agencies, not to be confused with home health care agencies which offer home health care services

Medicare does not cover custodial care better known as home care; If your care includes any of the following services: 24-hour care, meal delivery, homemaker services, personal care (unless it’s included with HHC plan) Medicare will not cover the cost. Medicaid sometimes pays for services to keep seniors in their homes. The services covered and requirements for enrollment vary by each state’s Home and Community Based Services program.

For more information, about in home personal care, for seniors and disabled adults. Call Jamhuri Healthcare Services Inc. 1-800-547-2851  or visit us on the web: www.jamhuricares.com




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