What Is Home Health Care

Care At Home

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.

Benefits Of Home Health Care

Heartland's home health services provides multiple benefits.

You may:

  • 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.
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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.


Advanced Planning

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
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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.

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  • I can't leave home for non-medical reasons.

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  • I can't receive outpatient therapy and home health care at the same time.

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  • If I receive hospice, I'm not eligible for home health care.

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  • I can't receive care due to my long-term chronic illness.

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  • Home health care is not available for those suffering from dementia.

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Payment

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.

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