What is Home Care?

Home Care: Is a wide range of health and social services provided in the patient's home.

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 licensed professional.


Am I a candidate for Home Care?

You may be eligible if:

You have had a recent hospitalization or out patient surgery.

You have had a short term or long term disability.

You suffer from chronic illness.

You have special needs.

You are experiencing difficulty with aging.

You require assistance with managing your home and your personal care needs.

Many Home care agencies will send you 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.


Whats the difference between Medicare & 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 U.S.

Medicare is a health insurance program financed 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 play for Health care services?

Medicare, medicaid and private insurance companies will cover some or all of the cost of home health care. We can help you determine if home care services are covered under the insurance plan.


Who provides Home Care services?

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 hospitalization. -Individuals requiring skilled services will usually receive this care from a certified Home Health Agency.

Licensed Home Health Agencies -Licensed Agencies provide homecare services to clients with private or long term care insurance who pay privately. -Licensed Agencies also provide aide services to patients of contracted certified agencies.

Hospices 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 for medicaid patients who are medically eligible for placement in the 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 some 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.