Benefits Of Home Health Care
Heartland's home health services provides multiple benefits.
- Recover faster through comprehensive skilled nursing care services including teaching, observation, wound care and home IV therapy.
- Regain strength faster following surgery, illness or injury through physical and occupational therapy and speech and language pathology services.
- Become more independent using additional support with bathing, dressing, walking.
- Manage your condition better with fewer complications by educating you and your family members about your injury, condition or disease process.
- Reduce medication concerns by learning the best way to manage your medication.
- Reduce anxiety, fear and feelings of isolation by learning the best ways to cope with your condition.
Potential Eligibility Indicators
- Assistance required when walking
- A recent or scheduled surgery
- Frequent falls
- Changes in medications
- Multiple visits to the emergency department (ED) or admission to the hospital
- Unplanned weight loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Poorly controlled pain
- Assistance required in leaving the home
- Anxiety or psychosocial challenges due to immobility or changes in condition
- Daily wound care or treatments
- Multiple diseases or recent diagnosis that limit the ability to leave the home
- Requires oxygen
- Nutritional or fluid assessment needs or management
- Infection that complicates the wound-healing process
- Advanced neurological disease
- Limits on physical mobility
- Chronic illness with periods of instability
- Need for assistance with IV medication for infection
- Need for tube feeding support
When To Consider Home Health Care
Care at home may be appropriate for a patient who has experienced an illness, hospitalization or surgery which requires recovery or healing; or who has a new health care diagnosis that calls for a change in daily lifestyle. Here are some key indicators that may determine eligibility for home health care.
You have many choices in life, including those choices about your future healthcare needs. It is important to think about your options in advance and share your views with your loved ones. Then, when the time comes to make decisions, if you can't decide for yourself, your loved ones will know that they are doing what you would have wanted. Making these decisions ahead of time will help your care providers know how to take care of you.
Heartland can help. Our Making Choices brochure will guide you through questions that will help you plan for your future.Making Choices Brochure
Home Health Care Myths
The truth is: we enrich life in surprising ways. Explore the myths below to learn more about the home health care provided by Heartland.
I can't leave home for follow-up doctor appointments.
Myth: In order to qualify for home health care, I won't be able to leave home to go to my follow-up doctor appointments.
Truth: Patients are allowed to leave home for medical reasons. However, in order to qualify for home care, leaving home should require a considerable or taxing effort and require the assistance of others or a supportive device like a cane, walker or wheelchair.
I can't leave home for non-medical reasons.
Myth: If I am receiving home heath care services, I can only leave home to go to a doctor's appointment.
Truth: Occasional absences from the home for non-medical reasons, such as a trip to the barber or beauty shop, attendance at a family reunion, funeral or other infrequent event, does not disqualify a person from receiving home health care as long as the absences from home are infrequent and of a short duration.
I can't receive outpatient therapy and home health care at the same time.
Myth: I have to choose between home health care and outpatient therapy because you can't do both at the same time.
Truth: Patients can receive home health care as well as outpatient services at the same time if the outpatient services are something that the home health care company cannot provide in the home setting.
If I receive hospice, I'm not eligible for home health care.
Myth: If I am on hospice, I am not eligible to receive home health care services for certain medical situations.
Truth: If the reason a patient needs home health care is not related to the hospice diagnosis or its related conditions, the patient may be eligible to have both services.
I can't receive care due to my long-term chronic illness.
Myth: I won't ever qualify for home health care services because I have a long-term chronic illness.
Truth: Chronically ill patients may experience periods when their condition worsens. This may require medication changes, treatment adjustments, symptom management and additional education that could indicate the need for home health care services.
Home health care is not available for those suffering from dementia.
Myth: My husband suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has periods of confusion. If people are confused, they aren’t able to receive home health care.
Truth: Home health care is available to help support patients and improve their functional ability. Education and training can be provided to caregivers and family members.
Home Health Care is covered under Medicare and many health care plans. We'll be glad to verify your benefits, coordinate coverage and complete the billing process for you.