What is Home Health?

Home Health is a type of medical care provided in a patient’s home. Beyond the traditional physician and nurse care, this also includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. At its core, home health aims to treat illness and/or injury.

Compassionate Care and its diverse group of professionals is committed to helping our patients get better through home health care.

What services are provided?

Aside from the wide range of clinical services, Home Health also involves social work services and certified home health aide services. This includes helping elders with their daily needs and activities—such as eating, bathing, and wound dressing—as well as providing assistance in household tasks, chores, and general housework.

Home Health care ensures that the patient is comfortable, and his/her multifaceted medical needs are attended to in a professional yet compassionate manner.

Who pays for this service?

Home Health care is financially covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the Veteran’s Health Administration, and most private insurers. If a patient does not have coverage, Compassionate Care Hospice will work with the patient and their family to ensure that they receive the much-needed support.

Home Health Care Eligibility requirements:

  • A patient must be getting medical services through a regular plan of care established by a physician.
  • A doctor must certify that the patient needs either of these: intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, and continued occupational therapy.
  • The home health agency caring for the patient must be approved by Medicare.
  • A doctor must certify that a patient should be homebound. This means he/she has trouble leaving home without any help due to illness/injury, or leaving home isn’t recommended due to the patient’s condition.
  • A doctor, or any other health care professional that works with a doctor must provide proof of personal encounter with the patient under required time frames, and within reason.
Medical Director

Our medical directors work to connect our patients with the right care team. They help tailor each patient’s program to meet their specific needs—from medical professionals to therapeutic services and companionship, they find the best fit for each patient and loved one’s situation.

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Primary Physician

The primary physician provides definitive care to the interchangeable patient at the point of first contact, and takes on-going responsibility for providing the patient’s comprehensive care.

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Registered Nurse

They provide physical, direct care for a patient as well as providing comfort and quality of their remaining days. They are tasked to assess a patient’s situation, as well as detect changes in symptoms, health or pain. The registered nurses are trained to recognize when further action is needed to treat the patient.

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are licensed professionals who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient and caregiver education. By creating fitness and wellness-oriented programs that tailor-fit to a patient’s needs, they encourage a healthier and more active lifestyle. PTs teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they can achieve long-term health benefits.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help people of all ages to fully engage in their daily lives, from work and recreation to daily activities, like getting dressed, cooking, eating and driving.

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Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists work towards treating speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in both children and adults. Furthermore, they may provide training and education to family/caregivers and other professionals.

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Social Worker

Social workers help in advocating each patient’s end-of-life wishes and help them address the emotional aspects of late-stage illnesses. They can provide counsel, psychosocial education, and mediation. They are also tasked to assist families in identifying other available local services and resources for additional support.

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Home Health Aide

They care for seniors/elders who are in need of assistance, depending on a particular job; these include helping clients with personal hygiene tasks, checking vital signs, light housekeeping, and arranging for transportation.

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