I Just read a great article in the September issue of Consumer Reports On Health.
It is entitled “When You Need Help at Home- How to find, hire, and cover the costs of a home health aide while recovering from an injury or surgery.” By Orly Avitzur, M.D., M.B.A.
Here are some key points:
“Who will care for me while I heal?”
Skilled, in home, nursing help is available for medical needs, wound care or intravenous antibiotic therapy. Personal services, such as bathing, dressing and basic health related services can be provided by home health aides who work for Medicare certified agencies, which meet certain health and safety requirements.
How do I find the right help?
Plan ahead if possible and visit with your hospital or care staffer to discuss at home needs and talk with your doctor for a referral to local Home Health agencies.
Research local agencies by going to: medicare.gov/homehealthcompare and search by zip code. Call and visit with agencies to get a feel of the quality of their caregivers, and procedures.
Who will be covering these costs?
When prescribed by a doctor or recommended by a visiting nurse, part-time help from certified home health aides may be covered by private health insurance and Medicare.
There are certain specifications that need to be met. For example, traditional Medicare covers a home health aide when you are under a doctor’s care; your plan of care is reviewed regularly by a doctor; and you’re getting skilled care such as nursing care or physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology services from the home health agency. A doctor must also certify that you are homebound, meaning that leaving the home is a major effort.
Getting good help is not as hard or complicated as you might think. Most home health agencies are willing to walk you through the process. Do your homework and reach out to a couple of different agencies to compare services and specialties.
We at Tender Care would love to help you navigate this process.
Tender Care Home Health and Hospice