Home Health Frequently Asked Questions
What is home health care?
Home health care provides medical treatment for an illness or injury, with the goal of helping you recover, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. Home health care can also help you live with a chronic condition, like heart disease, COPD, or diabetes.
Is home health care right for me or my loved one?
If you’re in need of short term medical support or relief because of a serious illness, injury or surgery, home health care can make your life easier. If you’re an adult caring for a loved one, your mom or dad or other family member with health care challenges, home health care can be a blessing. It can be overwhelming for the entire family – especially if you don’t know where to turn for answers and support. We can help.
Do I – or a loved one – qualify for home health care?
To qualify for home health care services, a patient must:
- Be “homebound” or have a normal inability to leave home without considerable assistance
- Be under the care of a physician
- Require the skills of a nurse on an intermittent basis and/or require the skills of physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy
More detailed information about eligibility is available in The Center for Medicare and Medicard Services guide, “Medicare and Home Health Care (PDF).”
When talking to my doctor, can I request Partners In Care by name?
Yes, you can, and we’d be honored to provide care for you or your loved one. Under Medicare, federal law gives patients the freedom to choose their health care provider.
Will Partners In Care create a care plan just for me or my loved one?
Absolutely. After your doctor refers you to Partners In Care for home health care services, a Partners In Care clinician will visit you in your home to assess your needs. We will then work with your physician to to develop your personal care plan, and continue to keep your doctor updated on your progress. If your condition or needs change, we’ll collaborate with your doctor to review your plan of care and make any necessary adjustments.
How often will my home health care visits be?
Our home health care visits – and the services we provide – are based on your doctor’s orders, ongoing assessments and the collaboration in your personal care plan. Your doctor may change your plan, increasing or decreasing the number of visits or services provided, in order to provide you with the best home health care for your needs.
Who pays for home health care services?
If you meet certain eligibility requirements and your doctor refers you, Medicare may pay for your home health care needs. Private insurance may also cover some home health care cost – including some services that Medicaid might not cover. We will work with you to contact your insurance company to learn about individual coverage and any co-payments.