Many health care treatments that were once only accessible in a clinical setting can now be performed in the home. From medication management to chronic disease management and education to dietary and nutrition services, home health care offers convenient and effective skilled nursing services to those who need them most.
Through skilled nursing services, we want caregivers to feel prepared and supported, giving them the resources they need to keep their loved ones safe – while being able to control their own stress levels.
Before we dive into the services your loved one could receive through home health care, it is important to know that as a Medicare Certified health care provider, Serenity Home Health is able to provide services to those who are eligible. If qualifications are met, there will be no out of pocket expenses for either the patient or their family.
Who is Eligible for Home Health Care?
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the following factors contribute to home health care eligibility:
- If the patient is currently under the direct care of a doctor and following a health care plan that’s been created and reviewed by them.
- They require a doctor for the following:
- Physical therapy
- Speech and language services
- Skilled nursing care (intermittent or part-time)
- Regular occupational therapy
- The home health agency that’s caring for the patient is Medicare certified.
- The patient is homebound and getting out to receive medical services is a “considerable or taxing effort”.
- They cannot leave their home because of injury or illness, or it simply isn’t recommended due to the condition of their health.
- They are normally unable to leave their home, but when they have to, it requires a lot of effort.
Family Home Health Care Services That are Covered by Medicare
After you contact a home health agency, they will receive an order from a physician to evaluate the patient. If the order is approved, an in-home assessment is conducted and then a care plan is created with the doctor to ensure that proper care is administered.
It’s important to remember that certain services will only be given when deemed necessary. Whether this is for the treatment of chronic illness or injury, services are administered based on the care plan and a schedule that is agreed upon by the home health agency and the doctor.
Nursing services may include:
- Assessments and monitoring
- Post-surgical care
- Lab draws (blood draws are not covered by Medicare)
- Ostomy care
- Pain management
- Wound care
- IV therapy and medication administration
- Catheter management
- Medication management
- Chronic disease management
- Home safety evaluations and fall prevention
- Tracheostomy care
- Enteral nutrition management
- Chronic heart failure program
Medical Social Services: When your loved one requires counseling or assistance in finding resources in the local community. This will only be covered by Medicare when a doctor recommends or orders them as a way of assisting with emotional or social concerns that interfere with treatment. It is also important to note that this will only be covered if your family member is receiving skilled nursing care services.
What isn’t covered by Medicare:
- 24/7 care within the home
- Meals delivered to the home
- Shopping, cleaning, laundry and other ‘homemaker services’
- Personal or custodial care including dressing or bathing.
- If you need more than what’s considered to be intermittent skilled nursing care.
Patient Family Education Services
At Serenity Home Health, we want the patient’s family, whether they are a regular caregiver or otherwise, to know that they have support when they need it.
Working closely with you, we will ensure that either you or your loved one receives assistance with either short or long-term care plans, medications, and therapeutic services. Through our patient family education services, we can educate families on how to understand every aspect of your loved one’s condition.
Helping to improve the management of a condition through communication and education, you’ll feel much more prepared.
Social Services, Counseling, and Therapy
Although we mentioned social services and counseling above and stated that it is sometimes covered by Medicare in certain situations, it can still be extremely beneficial to you and your family even if the treatment isn’t prescribed by the doctor.
Below, are the ways home health care can help not only ensure that your loved one is socially and emotionally taken care of, but that the rest of your family is too.
- Social and emotional needs that are associated with the illness
- Community resources available to the patient, family, and caregivers (i.e. Meals on Wheels, transportation, SSI/disability applications, etc.)
- Social/emotional factors associated with the illness
- Community resources available to the patient, family, and caregiver
Occupational therapy (i.e. in-home safety evaluation and training on how to use medical equipment), speech therapy, and physical therapy (i.e. individualized exercises and manual massage therapy) are all also included in family home health care for those who qualify.
Home Health can help to prevent hospital admissions – or readmissions, by providing skilled care and assessments in the home setting.
Adjusting to a new diagnosis or change in health condition can require professional care and monitoring. In-home health care allows such observations to happen in a comfortable setting and reduces the amount of time spent in a hospital or other facility.
At Serenity Home Health, we are nationally and locally recognized for providing high-quality home health care to patients living in the Wichita, KS area.
Serenity was one of only 30 Home Health Agencies in the Nation to receive a Double 5-Star Rating out of more than 12,200 in the United States — and the only one to receive this distinction in Kansas.
"After completing my home health therapy, I had my first therapy session away from my home, at Via Christi/Genesis. My therapist there said that my Serenity therapists did an outstanding job. Your nurses were wonderful! I will recommend Serenity Home Health to everyone."
- Theresa L. Cromwell, Wichita
You Are All The Greatest
- Ron Franks, Wichita
They Were Great
"I only saw Pam, Tammy and Carol once or twice, but they were great! Dagmar and Iva were with me the most and were both just wonderful! (Dagmar is a kitty-lover just like me and Iva is a living doll—If I could I would adopt her! My only complaint? I miss all of them!"
- Sandra K. Tauber, Wichita