Home health care is an excellent, cost-effective alternative to hospital or other institutional care. Service is based on the individual's need as defined by his or her physician's plan of care and may range from 24-hour-a-day care to monthly visits from skilled nurses, therapists, social workers and/or home health aides. Patients can benefit from home health care by alleviating the need for extended stays in a hospital or a nursing home.
When faced with the challenge of finding a qualified individual who can provide care when it's needed and at a fair price, it is important to know and understand your options. There are many caregiver choices available and these decisions can often become confusing and frustrating. When selecting a home health care provider, it is important to ask questions and make an informed decision based on your specific needs. Contact us to learn more.
Who pays for home care?
Medicare Part A covers 100% of the cost of necessary home health care. Medicaid covers home health, hospice and personal assistance/community care services. Most health insurance policies and HMOs now cover skilled home health care. In addition, workers' compensation and the Veteran's Administration cover home health services. The payers often require that services be delivered by a licensed and regulated home care agency, such as Shining Star Home Health.
Even without the above payer sources, many people choose to pay for home care services out-of-pocket, because they prefer to live at home. By choosing to receive these services through a licensed, reputable and experienced agency like Shining Star Home Health Care, they and their loved ones can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing they have made the best decision.
If you qualify for Medicare, Medicare pays for 100 percent of approved services furnished in your home if you meet certain requirements: you must be homebound to your home. These services can be provided in your home even if you have not been hospitalized.
To be considered homebound, patients must meet standard guidelines set by Medicare. A patient is considered homebound if they cannot leave the home and when they do it is a taxing effort; leaving the home is infrequent and for a short period of time; and leaving the home requires the assistance of another person. Leaving home for medical and therapy appointments is not in violation of homebound status.
Home health care services provided by Shining Star Home Health Care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year depending on the needs of the patient.
- Visits by a Nurse
- Visits by a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Speech Therapist
- Visits by a Home Health Aide
At the time of admission to the service, an RN will assess your condition and needs and will set up a plan of care with you. The RN will discuss the frequency of visits with you and will also discuss expectations at that time.
I'm not completely sure what services I need. What now?
Call our hotline and speak with us about your needs. We will help assess what services would be appropriate. We are also happy to speak directly with your physician to develop a plan for your home care.