Is a wide range of health and social services provided in the patient’s home
Makes it possible for people to receive services safely in their own home
Is an excellent option when a person needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends
Home Care can be a combination of skilled and non-skilled services: Skilled home care services include IV therapy, wound care, post-surgical care, rehabilitation and other services provided by professionals. Non-skilled home care services include assistance with personal care or chores. These services do not require a skilled or licensed professional.
+ Am I a candidate for home care?
You may be eligible for home care services if:
You have had a recent hospitalization or outpatient surgery
You have a short or long term disability
You suffer from a chronic illness
You have special needs
You are experiencing difficulty with aging
You require assistance with managing your home or your personal care needs
Many home care agencies will send a professional nurse or therapist to assess the needs of a patient and create a plan of care with his or her physician.
If you are not sure if you are a candidate for home care, please contact us. We can answer your questions and assist with the coordination of your services.
+ What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
MEDICARE is a federally funded and administered program that provides health insurance for seniors and the disabled. Individuals contribute to Medicare during their working years. Since Medicare is a federal program, the guidelines and services are much the same throughout the United States.
MEDICAID is a health insurance program financed jointly by the federal and state governments. Each state sets its own guidelines, subject to federal rules and regulations. Medicaid is available for low-income people of all ages who do not have money or insurance to pay for health care.
Both Medicare and Medicaid have managed care plans in which members may be enrolled. The individual plan authorizes and manages all services for enrolled Medicare and Medicaid members.
+ How will I pay for home health care services?
Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies will cover some or all of the costs of home health care. We can help you determine if home care services are covered under your insurance plan.
+ Who provides home care services?
There are a variety of home care providers: Certified Home Health Care Agencies
Certified Agencies can bill Medicare and Medicaid and are generally the Agency that handles patients after an acute episode such as a decline in health or a hospitalization.
Individuals requiring skilled services will usually receive this care from a Certified Home Health Agency.
Licensed Home Health Services Agencies
Licensed Agencies provide home care services to clients with private or long term care insurance or who pay privately.
Licensed Agencies also provide aide services to patients of contracted Certified Agencies.
Hospices provide home care services to Medicare patients who elect the hospice benefit. These are generally patients at the end of their life who are deemed to have six months or less to live.
Long Term Home Health Care Programs
Long Term Programs provide home care services to Medicaid patients who are medically eligible for placement in a nursing home but choose to receive services at home.
Staffing and Private Duty Agencies
Agencies who provide private-pay services
+ How do I choose the right Home Health Care Agency?
There are many important things to consider when choosing an agency to best suit your needs.
Search for an agency that meets your particular service needs
Compare home care agencies in your area
Call your physician to discuss home care as an option
Speak to an expert in home care services for guidance about the best choice for your particular needs.
Summit Home Health Care has experts who can guide you with the utmost attention to confidentiality, dignity and respect.
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