Home Health Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Home Health Care?
Why Home Health Care?
Who pays for Home Health Care?
How does a person qualify for In-Home Nursing Care or Therapy?
How do you know if you need In-Home Healthcare?
Do I need a physician's order for Home Health Care?
What services does Healthcare Plus provide?
How does Healthcare Plus ensure quality care in the home?
Do I have to be hospitalized to have home health?
Can I just receive rehabilitative services at home?
What services does the nurse provide?
Does Healthcare Plus work with doctors?
How do I schedule my first visit?
What should I do in case of an emergency?
What should I do if I am admitted to the hospital?


What is Home Health Care?

 

Home health care provides services to people recovering from an illness, surgery, or rehabilitation who may need ongoing assistance and monitoring in the comfort of their own home. Under Medicare rules, a person qualifies for in-home care if he or she is homebound and needs skilled medical care.

 

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Why Home Health Care?

 

Home health care is a cost-effective option for receiving health care services. Returning to one’s home and family can quicken recovery and improve the quality of life for both patient and family or caregiver.

 

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Who Pays for Home Health Care?

 

Most health insurance companies, HMOs, PPOs and Workers Compensation cover home health care. In addition, Medicare and Medicaid pay for home care services. Some insurance providers do not cover all home health services. Our staff will verify health coverage for the patient.

 

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How does a person qualify for In-Home Nursing Care or Therapy?

 

For more eligibility information, click here (PDF Viewer Required). One of the best ways to find out if you or someone you know qualifies for in-home care is to call Healthcare Plus Home Health at 847-776-0800.

 

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How do you know if you need In-Home Healthcare?

 

If you, or someone you love, recently has had surgery, changed medications, has been hospitalized, has had trouble with maintaining balance, or has been diagnosed with a new illness, it may be time for in-home care.

 

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Do I need a physician's order for Home Health Care?

 

Yes, all health care provided in the home occurs under direct order and supervision of the patient’s physician.

 

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What services does Healthcare Plus provide?

 

Healthcare Plus provides a full range of in-home healthcare services that include skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, as well as a wide range of specialized programs and progressive treatments.

 

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How does Healthcare Plus ensure quality care in the home?

 

Providing continuous quality care to patients is paramount to all we do. All patients are given a patient satisfaction survey that is incorporated into our ongoing evaluation process to continually increase our patient satisfaction. New programs and processes are developed through our quality improvement team to promote favorable outcomes.

 

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Do I have to be hospitalized to have home health?

 

An individual is not required to have been hospitalized or discharged from a skilled nursing facility before they can receive home health care. Most patients are referred directly from their doctors office.

 

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Can I just receive rehabilitative services at home?

 

Yes, a nurse, physical or occupational therapist can be sent to a patients home to evaluate for home safety and recommend assistive devices for a patient. Generally, the therapist, along with the physician, will develop a home exercise program to fit the patient's needs.

 

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What services does the nurse provide?

 

Many medical conditions that previously required hospitalization can safely be treated in the home. Home care services may include but are not limited to:

 

  • Observation and assessment

  • Patient and family education of disease process

  • Management and evaluation of patient care plan

  • Medication education and management

  • Dressing changes

  • Home safety education

  • Wound care

  • Catheter care

  • Injections

  • IV therapy

  • Ostomy care

  • Pain management

  • Diabetic care

  • Nutritional support

 

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Does Healthcare Plus work with doctors?

 

Yes we do. Our dedicated and skilled clinicians help coordinate the care your doctor prescribes. In support of your doctor's orders, we develop a written plan for your care. It explains what services you will receive in order to reach your best physical, mental, and social well-being. At Healthcare Plus, we pride ourselves on staying in touch with your doctor. In fact, your doctor will be able to access your visit notes 24/7 through our secure, online, HIPAA-compliant Physician Portal.

 

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How do I schedule my first visit?

 

Talk to your doctor or call Healthcare Plus at 847-776-0800. Once we receive a physician's order for care, we will set a date and time for your first visit from a Registered Nurse. We will do our best to accommodate any schedule request you may have.

 

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What should I do in case of an emergency?

 

In case of an emergency, have someone contact your doctor, or if necessary call 9-1-1.

 

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What should I do if I am admitted to the hospital?

 

If you are admitted to the hospital, please have someone contact the Healthcare Plus at 847-776-0800 to inform us of your status. When you return home, please call our office again to restart services and continue care.

 

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