What are Home Health Services?
These medical services include skilled nursing care and physical, occupational or speech therapy provided in your home or residence. Home health is designed for people who need less care than in a hospital or nursing home but may have difficulty traveling to receive services.
Who Needs Home Health Services?
Usually, home health is needed after a hospital, rehab unit or nursing facility stay for an illness or accident. In other cases, a doctor or family member may refer a patient living at home who needs help to continue to live independently.
Who is Eligible for Home Health and Who Pay for this Service?
Most people are covered under their health insurance policy, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits. Medicare has excellent home health coverage with minimal or no fees due from the patient. Private insurance policies typically have coverage for all ages from infants to seniors.
How Do I Find a Home Health Agency?
All hospitals discharge planners or social workers will provide you with recommendations or a list of agencies in your area. You may also ask your doctor, nurse or other medical referral sources for information.