Patient Education

What is skilled home health care and is it for me?

Skilled Home health care offers those with an illness or injury a wide range of health care services that could not be otherwise provided by friends or family. Compared to hospital or nursing facility care, it is a more cost-effective and convenient benefit that Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance companies provide. A doctor referral and care plan is required.

Trained and licensed professionals deliver supportive care and a variety of services, either short or long term, to your home under the continuing supervision of your doctor. The ultimate goal is helping you to achieve optimal health quickly and safely to live with as much freedom as you desire.

For complete information on Medicare qualifications and guidelines, please visit https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10969.pdf

Am I eligible for skilled home health services?

Along with a necessary physician referral and care plan, those who have a home health benefit through their insurer or Medicare or Medicaid plans can obtain home health care services  from a CMS approved health care agency. In addition, you must meet these criteria to qualify for skilled home health care services:

  • You are homebound due to illness, injury, post-operation or hospital stay
  • Leaving your home isn’t recommended because of your condition
  • Your condition keeps you from leaving home without help (such as need for a wheelchair or walker, special transportation, or a personal aide)
  • Leaving home takes a considerable and taxing effort.
  • You do NOT have to be bedridden to qualify. A person considered homebound may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending religious services or adult day care. (Source: medicare.gov glossary)
  • Services are medically necessary and reasonable. This includes skilled nursing on an intermittent basis, physical, speech or occupational therapy on a continuing basis
  • Services are performed in your place of residence (home, assisted living facility, etc.).

For complete information on Medicare qualifications and guidelines, please visit http://www.medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10969.pdf

What can I do to ensure safety at home?

NPHC makes it a priority to reduce your risk of falling or injury with these suggestions:

Remove home hazards

  • Use non-slip mats in the bath or shower
  • Secure loose rugs
  • Keep cords out of walkways
  • Store everyday items within easy reach

Keep the home well lit to avoid tripping on hard-to-see objects

  • Nightlights in bed, bath and hallway
  • Lamp within reach of the bed

 

Install assistive devices to minimize your fall-risk

  • Canes, walkers, stairway handles, raised toilet seats and shower or tub grab bars

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