Understanding what to expect from in home care services is important when you are choosing care in your home.
Learn what to expect from in home care services so you can make a good choice.
Often, in home care is employed for a person who is sick or disabled, but who can remain living independently with a little bit of assistance. This type of help is often as effective as what you’d get in the hospital, but will save you money over staying there or moving into a skilled nursing facility. While some people need home health care long term, it’s also a viable choice for someone recovering from a serious illness or injury as they transition back to their home to finish healing. Home nursing care comes in several varieties, but the main services offered are wound care, patient and caregiver education, injections, monitoring and IV nutrition or medications. The ultimate goal is to help you or a loved one recover at home so that you can return to normal life without giving up the care you’d get at a hospital or other medical facility.
Not every person is a viable candidate for home care services. So establishing your eligibility is an important part of working out what to expect from in home care services. Before you are able to make the move from the hospital back to your home, your doctor will have to approve the decision and create a specific in home health care plan for your nurses or health care providers to follow. You will likely have to meet with your doctor and the home health care company to determine your needs so that the right person and equipment can be supplied to your home for your care. The home care providers will also need to meet with your doctor to discuss your care and make a plan that can be followed by everyone involved. Once you and your home care providers, together with your doctor, have created a plan, you will then go home and continue your care there.
There are many things your in home care services will be doing for you. Understanding exactly what you are going to get can help you be prepared for how things will go once you get home. Depending on your illness or injury, how much you can do for yourself and what your exact needs are, your in home health care provider will do various tasks during their time in your home. This includes checking what you are eating and drinking, making sure you are safe and teaching you to make safe choices, checking your medications and ensuring that you are taking them properly, taking your blood pressure, listening to your heart, checking your temperature and making sure you are breathing properly. Your provider may also assess your pain levels and take action to make you more comfortable, teach you ways to care for yourself when you are home alone and ensuring good communication between you, your provider and your doctor throughout your recovery.
Often home nursing care is covered by insurance of Medicare. Before you employ in home care services, it is best to contact your provider and see what is covered and what isn’t. If you are seriously sick or injured, you can appoint a person to take care of this for you. Home health care is very expensive and there aren’t very many people who can or want to pay out of pocket for the services. However, it is still more affordable than a lengthy stay in the hospital or other medical facility, so insurance companies are often willing to pick up all or part of the tab for in health care at home. Insurance companies work with different agencies, so be sure you get a list of providers from your insurance agent so that you can confirm your in home provider is covered by your insurance premium and won’t cost you more than you can afford out of pocket.
As mentioned above, home health care isn’t appropriate for everyone, so take this into account when wondering what to expect from in home care services. If you are not able to function to some degree on your own, you may have to stay in a hospital where you can receive around the clock care. If you are unable to get up and move around, use the bathroom or care for your own wounds or nutrition needs without constant supervision, going home may not be an option for you until you can do those things. Many home agencies do not offer custodial care, so if you need help with dressing yourself, bathing, getting up or down or going to the bathroom, you may need additional services on top of those offered by home health services. Many insurance providers, including Medicare, do not cover 24-hour home care, personal services, homemaking tasks or meal delivery. If those are your needs, health care in your home may not appropriate for you. The best thing to do in this case is to talk to your doctor and insurance provider about alternative services that are covered by your premium and meet your healthcare needs.
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