Home Health Care
Home Health Care is skilled nursing and/or therapy that is provided in the home to people recovering from surgery, illness or an accident, or to those needing assistance to manage chronic medical conditions or complicated medical regimes. The plan of care is individualized to the needs of each patient with input from their physician. Care is coordinated by a Case Manager, usually a Registered Nurse or a Physical Therapist.
Members of The Home Health Team May Include A:
- Registered Nurse to assess and monitor medical status, provide medication management, wound care and other nursing needs. Patient/family/caregiver education is also provided to improve understanding and ability to manage the healthcare needs on an ongoing basis.
- Physical and/or Occupational Therapist to improve strength, endurance, mobility, safety and independence.
- Speech Language Pathologist to improve speech, swallowing and communication.
- Medical Social Worker to identify community resources and provide counseling and support to patients and their family members.
- Home Health Aide to assist with bathing and other personal care.
- Consultations with other professionals as needed.
Patients may be referred to Home Health by a physician, nurse, discharge planner, family member or they may refer themselves for care. Our referral coordinator makes regular visits to the hospital to meet with patients, families and discharge planners. You may also contact the referral coordinator directly at (206) 439-9095 to find out more about Home Health services or to make a referral.
Insurance and Fees
Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans cover home health services and are billed directly. You will be notified of any restrictions, limitations or personal financial responsibilities prior to the start of services.