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Home Health Frequently Asked Questions

Home Health Frequently Asked Questions

Home Health Frequently Asked Questions

What is Home Health Care?

Home Health Care is a type of specialized care that is delivered wherever a patient calls home. The services are prescribed by a doctor for one of two reasons 

  • Individual was recently discharged from hospital, long-term care facility such as a skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation center
  • Doctor determines that individual has need for nursing or therapy at home 

Home Health care helps patient’s health improve, reach a level of independence, and become self-sufficient. For those with long-term health conditions, the goal is to maintain the highest level of ability and learn to live with an illness or disability.

How do I qualify?

To receive medical care at home, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Homebound: A considerable amount of effort or assistance is necessary to leave home. 
  • Doctor’s Orders: Home Health services must be prescribed by your physician. 
  • Medical Necessity: Medical conditions that require skilled services.

Does my insurance cover Home Health Care?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most other private health insurances. For more information on your or your loved one’s health insurance coverage of hospice services, please contact (888) 501-6411.

What are some services included with Hospice care?

Most insurance companies cover the cost of skilled care at home. However, your insurance benefits may vary based on the policy you hold. If you would like to find out more about your insurance coverages please call us at: (888) 501-6411.

What can I expect on my first Home Health visit?

On the first visit, a nurse or therapist will conduct a thorough interview and professional assessment. Our assessment identifies areas where you may benefit from education and tools to manage your health. The nurse or therapist will then discuss: 

  • Your discharge paperwork and/or doctor’s orders 
  • Your “Plan of Care”, including the services you will receive and how often team members will visit 
  • Your goal for homecare
  • Your medicines, including side effects and how and when to take them 
  • How to contact the office with question or concerns

Who can I expect to visit me?

Our healthcare team consists of: 

  • Skilled Nurses
  • Physical Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Speech Therapists 
  • Medical Social Workers 
  • Certified Home Health Aides

What can I expect for a regular Home Health care visit?

  • Average visits last about an hour and include services such as: 
  • Checking your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing 
  • Making sure you understand the importance of your medicines 
  • Creating an exercise plan to build strength and balance/walking Other medical services as needed

How does my doctor know about my care?

The doctor provides Bridges Home Health Care with orders that describe your care needs. We communicate with your doctor regularly and notify him/her if there are any changes in your condition. The homecare professionals will communicate regularly with you, your doctor and each other to ensure your needs are met.