When Is In Home Skilled Nursing Needed?

Home health care is clinical medical care provided by a registered nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist or other skilled medical professionals, and is often prescribed as part of a care plan following a hospitalization.

HOME HEALTH SERVICES

Home health care services include:

  • Therapy and skilled nursing services
  • Administration of medications, including injections
  • Medical tests
  • Monitoring of health status
  • Wound care

 

 

WHEN TO USE HOME HEALTH

Situations in which home health is prescribed include:

  • Following an inpatient hospitalization, rehabilitation, or a stay at a skilled nursing facility – to help the senior transition back to independence
  • When a senior has had a recent medication change, to monitor for side effects and assure a new medication is effective
  • When seniors experience an overall decline in functioning – to help them to regain independence through therapy or learning new skills to compensate for their deficit

 

HOW TO PAY FOR HOME HEALTH

Since it is considered medical care, home health is covered by medical insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Covered by Medicare when prescribed by a physician
  • Medicaid for qualified individuals
  • Private pay (in rare cases when home health is not prescribed, but senior desires such services)

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