If your loved one is suffering from illness or injury and isn’t eligible for hospice, you might consider exploring your home health care options. Sometimes the simplest comforts like sleeping in your own bed or drinking tea from your favorite mug contribute to a quicker, more successful recovery.

With home health care, your loved one is able to receive the same specialized services you’d expect to see in a hospital or skilled nursing facility setting. Not only are these equally as effective, but are often less expensive thanks to Medicare. In today’s blog, we’ll be answering the big question. “How does home health care work in OKC?”

 

What services fall under home health care?

Every person’s needs are different. Someone recovering from a knee surgery may need intensive short-term therapy while a patient with a chronic condition like heart disease may require ongoing management and monitoring. Here are some examples of services you’ll find in home health care:

Skilled Nursing Services

  • Injections
  • Tube Feedings
  • Catheter Changes
  • Wound Dressing

Therapy Services

  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy

Health Aid Services

  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Dressing

Medical Services

  • Counseling
  • Medical Supplies
  • Medical Equipment

 

Note: Medicare should pay for these services regardless of whether or not the medical condition is temporary or chronic. However, you don’t qualify for Medicare home health coverage if you only need occupational therapy.

If your home health needs end, you can continue receiving Medicare-covered occupational therapy under the home health benefit if needed.

 

How do I pay for home health care?

As we mentioned, home health care includes a wide range of services to treat illness or injury. These services are covered under Medicare’s home health benefit, which includes skilled nursing, therapy and additional care provided by a home health aide.

Here are the requirements for home health care:

  • It’s difficult for you to leave your home and/or you need help doing so.
  • You need skilled nursing or therapy services on an intermittent basis.
  • You require a face-to-face meeting with a doctor within 90 days of starting home health care or 30 days after you first receive care.
  • Your doctor signs a home health certification confirming you’re homebound and need intermittent skilled care.
  • You receive care from a Medicare-certified home health agency (HHA).

 

In summary

Technological advances have come a long way in health care and allow patients to remain in the comfort of their own home. But, it’s the compassion and hard work of our employees that makes all the difference.

Our team includes some of the most skilled and devoted caregivers. With over 14 years in hospice and home health services, our experience has shown a deep-rooted passion for the patients we serve.

To learn more about hospice and how we can help your loved one, reach out to our team today at (405) 360-2400 in Norman or (580) 332-6900 in Ada.

 

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