Home Health Care FAQs
Q: What are home health care services?
A. Home health care services (skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, and home health aides) are usually covered by insurance when you are home-bound. This means that due to an illness or injury, it takes a considerable and taxing effort to leave your home for short periods of time. Visits can be made daily by nurses on a short term basis for certain medical conditions.
Q. How soon will the visits start?
A. A nurse or therapist will contact you by phone to schedule the first visit. This will usually happen within 24 hours after you are discharged from the hospital or outpatient facility.
Q. What will happen on the first visit?
A. The length of time for the first visit will vary depending on your condition, your needs, and the assessment. During this time, the nurse or therapist will perform a complete assessment of your health, determine your needs, and document it. This assessment is done because the healthcare team must have a thorough understanding of your needs in order to provide you with the best possible care.
Q. How long will I receive home health care visits?
A. The number of visits you receive will depend on the doctor’s orders and your health status. Your nurse or therapist will monitor your progress in order to help the doctor to decide how often the visits should occur and how long they should last.
Q. Am I allowed to choose my own home health care agency or does my doctor or hospital select an agency?
A. Patient choice is still number one. It is your choice as to which agency you invite into your home and trust to care for you or your loved one.