What is home healthcare?

Home healthcare offers a wide array of service that can be administered at home for illness or injury. In most cases, recovering in your own home is preferred, less expensive and allows you to recover faster than institutionalized care. Some other benefits of home care include:

  • The ability to remain independent
  • Shorter and less frequent hospital visits
  • Quality care in a timely manner

Why should I have home healthcare?

Home healthcare is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care received in a hospital or a skilled nursing facility (SNF). These healthcare services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare replacement plans and most other commercial insurance plans cover these services as well. However, your plan may require a co-payment and that you meet your deductible. Supportive services such as Homemaker, Sitter, Companion, or Personal Care can be covered by Long-term Care Insurance or Medicaid and can be paid out of pocket. The goal of home healthcare is to improve your health, maintain your independence, and keep you as self-sufficient as possible. Examples of skilled home health services include:

  • Wound care for surgical wounds, pressure wounds or diabetic ulcers
  • Education about managing your disease or illness at home
  • Intravenous (IV) infusions such as IV Antibiotics or IV Nutritional Therapy
  • Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
  • Injections

What services are provided?

The following services are provided in your home:

  • Medical social services
  • Community resources and referrals
  • Professional nursing services
  • Home health aid for personal care
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies

What can a nurse do for us?

A licensed registered nurse (RN) can provide a full physical and home assessment, and report findings to your physician. The assessment includes a fall risk assessment, cardiac/pulmonary assessment, and patient/caregiver instruction and education. The nurse, with the guidance of your physician, will develop a care plan specifically designed for you or your loved ones. Examples of care included in your care plan might be:

  • Analyzing your diet
  • Assisting with your pain management
  • Checking your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing
  • Ensuring your prescriptions and any other treatments are administered correctly
  • Coordinating your care with other healthcare professionals
  • Communicating regularly with you, your doctor, and anyone else involved with your care

What can therapy do for us?

Physical Therapy improves your mobility by utilizing strengthening programs, increasing range of motion, and managing balance and pain. Occupational Therapy specializes in improving your ability to care for yourself during daily living. Some examples OT include bathing, dressing, feeding, and grooming. Speech Therapy specializes in the treatment of language, speech and swallowing disorders.

What can the other services do for me?

Medical Social Workers provide assistance in resolving social or emotional problems which may interfere with your treatment. They may provide information/referrals about available community resources. Home Health Aides provide assistance with personal hygiene and activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, changing bed linens, meal preparation, etc.

Would I qualify for care?

Anyone with the following qualifications may have home health services:

  • Physician’s order
  • Your insurance covers the services
  • You’re unable to leave your home unassisted
  • Experience a considerable and taxing effort to leave home
  • Leave home infrequently

What will it cost me?

  • Signature HomeNow is Medicare agency and accepts Medicare Assignment, there is no cost for Medicare beneficiaries
  • Signature HomeNow also participates with several private insurances
  • Out-of-pocket expense will be dictated per the deductible and the co-pay is assigned by your insurance company
  • Signature HomeNow will assist you with submitting claims to your long-term care insurances for private duty services

How do I get started?

  • If you feel you could benefit from Home Care services you can simply call us. If you need our clinical services we will contact your physician to obtain a Doctor’s Order to start care. Once your doctor gives us an order for your home health services Signature HomeNow will contact you to schedule an appointment to come to your home. During our first visit with you we will talk to you about your needs and ask you some questions about your health.
  • The home health agency staff will keep doctor updated about your care and your progress.
  • It’s important that home health staff see you as often as the doctor ordered.
  • Click here to provide us with some information, and we will contact you!