Frequently Asked Questions
Q – What is home health care?
A – Home health care is skilled nursing care as well as other skilled services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, and may also include medical social services and assistance from home health aides provided in the patient’s home.
Q – What are the advantages of home health care?
A – Home health care permits an individual to be discharged earlier from a hospital, reduces hospital admissions, and assists with a more rapid recovery. Most importantly, people are more comfortable being at home around their friends and family members rather than in institutions.
Q – How are home health services covered and paid for?
A – Home health is often paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, and or the patients and their families (if qualifying criteria are not met).
Q – What is required for home health care?
A – The patient is homebound, meaning that leaving the home requires a considerable and taxing effort. The patient’s attending or primary care physician must order and approve a plan of care which shows the need for intermittent or part time skilled nursing care or therapy.
Q – How does the home health agency select and train its employees?
A – Our agency screens new employees through an application process which includes reference checks, a criminal background check, physical examination and drug screen. Once hired, our employees undergo a comprehensive orientation program which includes competency testing to ensure that the patient and their families may be confident that the professionals coming into their home are highly skilled and trustworthy.
Q – What resources are available to help choose a home health agency?
A – Information regarding home health care services can be obtained from many sources. Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice is an excellent reference and can be contacted at (614) 885-0434. Other resources include: hospital discharge departments, primary care physician, public health departments, telephone directory yellow pages under "home care," "home health care" or "nursing" or through Web site search engines using similar headings.
www.ochch.org - Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice
www.ohpco.org - Midwest Care Alliance
www.nahc.org - National Association for Home Care and Hospice
www.aahomecare.org – American Association for Home Care