AssistedCare Home Health Care – What You Need to Know
Frequently Asked Questions
- a normal inability to leave home
- a considerable and taxing effort to leave their home
- absences from the home are infrequent, of short duration, or are to receive medical care.
- be under a physician’s care- all home health services must be ordered by a physician
- reasonable and necessary- treatment provided at home must fall within the accepted standards of medical practice and be appropriate for the patient
- skilled services the patient must have a medical need that requires the skill of a licensed nurse, physical therapist or a speech therapist. Once the skilled need is established a secondary discipline such as medical social worker, occupational therapist or home health aide may be involved in providing patient services
- part time and intermittent home visits are made to provide a needed service and not extended hours of care. The patient must also have a medically predictable, recurring need for skilled care. One time visits are not allowable under Medicare guidelines.
- delivered by Certified Nursing Assistants
- preventative in nature and are provided over a longer period of time
- paid for by the NC Medicaid program or paid for privately. Medicare does not pay for personal care services
- designed to maintain a medically stable individual.
- delivered by Registered Nurses and/or Licensed Therapists
- rehabilitative or restorative in nature and are delivered over a relatively short period of time
- paid for by Medicare and some private insurances. Home health services can also be paid for privately if the patient does not meet the Medicare criteria
- designed to promote recovery following an acute medical crisis.