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What is HomeCare and what does it provide?

Home care is a broad term that describes a wide variety of health and health related services provided in a home setting. Home care is healthcare brought to your home to maintain or restore your health and well being.

The term “Home Care” is extremely broad and encompassing! There are a wide variety of levels of care, all of which require different levels of professional skill and licensing and registration.

There are various types of home care agencies. You have those who offer non-medical services which are generally performed by home health aide and/ or housekeepers, and personal care assistants for example:

  • Homemaker services
  • Companion Care
  • Personal Care Services
  • Sitter

There are other agencies that offer more of the medical type’s care which are performed by LPN, RNs or Nurse practitioners. These services are the following but not limited to:

  • Skilled nursing
  • Private Duty Nursing
  • Infusion/ injection Nurses
  • Pediatric care
  • Post surgical care
  • Wound Care

Why HomeCare?

Why, is to receive that quality of care that is provided to you in the comfort and security of your own home. Of course, these services are offered through a state licensed agency. The license home care agency provides an array of healthcare and social services options to the patients and educates the families on how to care for their loved ones.

Who pays for home care services?

There are several ways your home care services are paid for. There are several private health insurance carriers who cover home care services. Of course this depends on your coverage. Also, there are some companies through special funding that may offer block grants (check in your area). Each agency has their own forms of payment as do we check out our Insurance page.

Here are a few of the basic forms of payments:

  • Cash, check or Credit card
  • Medicaid- programs differ by state.
  • Medicare
  • Long Term Insurance
  • Workers Comp
  • Veteran Administration
  • Private Insurance carriers such as
    • BCBS
    • United HealthCare
    • Aetna
    • Multiplan

How do I access homecare?

Patient and family members may directly contact homecare agencies. Most states (NC State) offer a list of licensed homecare agencies organized by county. These lists are updated annually and sometime semi-annually, to provide client and their families with the most accurate data. Of course you can always find agencies on-line or in the ole reliable Yellow Pages phone book. Another way to gain access is by talking with your Primary Care Physician or Medical Specialist. By doing so, they can discuss with you the types of services they suggest and then they may recommend you to an agency they feel best suits you and your need.

How long can I receive homecare services?

Our Clinical Director works closely with your physician and insurance company to ensure all pre-certifications, authorizations and assessments are completed in a timely and accurate manner. By doing so this will allow the patients and their families to continue receiving services without interruption.

Client may receive homecare as long as their physician feels its necessary. In some cases the insurance companies may feel it not medically necessary for you to have long term services. In these instances we will consult with patients and their families and advise them of the status changes and possible cost that they may incur if they do not have additional coverage.

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Home Care

Top 10 reasons more patients and doctors are choosing home care:

  1. Clients can reduce the amount of time they spend in the hospital
  2. Clients can avoid being sent to long-term care facility or nursing home
  3. Home care helps patients avoid being readmitted to the hospital
  4. Home healthcare costs significantly less than many other forms of care
  5. Clients are more comfortable at home
  6. Clients can enjoy the support of family and friends
  7. Clients and family members can be more involved with treatment
  8. Clients can enjoy a higher level of personal independence
  9. Clients experience higher morale when they heal at home
  10. Research results suggest patients recover more quickly when at home

 

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