What’s home health care & what should I expect?
What’s home health care?
Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF).
The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.
Tender Care Home Health’s Services include:
- 24 hour a day on-call nursing
- Balance improvement and fall prevention
- Strengthening exercises
- Health assessments and observation
- Medication management
- Diabetes management
- IV therapy
- Pain management
- Post-surgical and post-hospital stay care
- Rehabilitative care
- Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
- Incontinence and catheter care
- Patient and caregiver education
- Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
Speech Language Therapy
- Swallowing, speaking and language (problems with retrieving words)
- Thought organization, problems with sequence information
- Attention span deficits
- Pain and medication management
- Diabetic teaching and management
- Wound care dressing
- Catheter care
- Colostomy care
- Teaching safety with: ADL’s (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, transfers, walking, bed mobility, etc.)
- Gait (walk) training
- Therapeutic exercises to improve muscle weakness, balance and coordination
- Fall risk management
Certified Nursing Assistance (CNA)
- Hands-on care and assistance with feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting
- Meal preparation
- Patient and caregiver education
- Light housekeeping
- Teach compensatory techniques to improve Activities of Daily Living (ADL) (eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, transfer, hygiene, kitchen management and proper body mechanics
- Low/impaired vision and hearing therapy (designed to restore sensory-integrative function)
- Memory retention activities (to restore short-term memory)
- Functional reach and dexterity (arthritic and joint pain)
- Emotional and social distress
- Coping skills
- Housing arrangements (assisted living facilities/nursing home/other residences)
If you get your Medicare benefits through a Medicare health plan, check with your plan to find out how it gives your Medicare-covered home health benefits.
If you have a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy or other health insurance coverage, tell your doctor or other health care provider so your bills get paid correctly.
What should I expect from my home health care?
- Doctor’s orders are needed to start care. Once your doctor refers you for home health services, Tender Care will schedule an appointment and come to your home to talk to you about your needs and ask you some questions about your health.
- Tender Care team will also talk to your doctor about your care and keep your doctor updated about your progress.
- The Tender Care team will follow the plan of care as outlined by you and your doctor.
Examples of what your Tender Care team can do for you:
- Check what you’re eating and drinking.
- Check your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing.
- Check that you’re taking your prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly.
- Ask if you’re having pain.
- Check your safety in the home.
- Teach you about your care so you can take care of yourself.
- Coordinate your care with you, your doctor, and anyone else you might have involved.