What is Home Health Care?

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If you’re recovering from a surgery or illness, home health care is often the most effective and affordable way to get your independence back. But as with any medical service, you may have a million questions. What services does in home senior care include? Is it a better option than a rehab or nursing center? Will Medicare cover the costs?

As a top home health care provider in St. Louis, Envision Health Partners has heard all the questions you may have – and has answers to each and every one of them. Our goal is to help you understand the complexities of in home senior care and find the right combination of services to guide you toward your health goals.

nurse taking care of a senior as part of a home health care service

For more explanation on this growing alternative to inpatient care, check out these three facts:

1. Home health care offers you a team approach to your recovery.

According to Medicare, home health care is “a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury.” In most instances, it’s recommended when a patient is recovering from a hospitalization or surgery, is transitioning from a nursing facility to home, or is adjusting to a new medical diagnosis or medication.

Envision delivers the same specialized care you would receive at a rehabilitation center in St. Louis, but delivers it to you in the comfort of home, reducing the pain, fatigue and inconvenience that comes with traveling to an outpatient facility. Examples of skilled in home care services provided by Envision include:

  • Wound care
  • Medication management and education
  • Monitoring of overall health
  • Administration of injections
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy

As with other rehab services, home health care is focused on recovery, not long-term care. Once you regain your strength and reclaim your independence, our nurses and therapists will work one-on-one with you to create a custom home health plan you can follow to maintain your health and overall well-being.

2. Home health care focuses on holistic care.

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is, “What is the difference between home health care and home care?”

Home health care is clinical, meaning the services provided are medically-based; home care centers on non-clinical, or personal care. While they are two separate services, when used in conjunction with one another, patient outcomes are maximized and patient recovery time is shortened.

Because Envision is focused on the whole person, we deliver a 360-degree approach to care. Depending on your needs, we can invite a variety of professionals onto your personal in home senior care team, including dietary consultants, certified nurse assistants (who can help with daily activities like dressing and grooming), medical social workers, and spiritual partners.

3. Home health care is an affordable alternative to inpatient care.

Most seniors who require rehabilitation need the medical services provided by a nursing facility, but none of the assistance with daily living. For them, the cost of an inpatient center and the lack of independence make home care a more desirable option. In fact, home health care costs 75 percent less than a nursing home.

When a doctor refers a patient for care, home health services in St. Louis are covered by Medicare for seniors, and in most cases, covered by Medicaid for those under age 60 who qualify. Non-clinical home care may qualify for Medicare Part A and most private insurance plans.

elder taking a pill from a nurse is one of the services of a home health care

Learn more about in-home care services with Envision

The best way to learn what home health care entails is to meet with the team at Envision. During your free health assessment, we’ll determine which in-home senior care services you need and explain what is covered under your insurance plan. From there, we’ll work directly with your healthcare provider to continue their care plan in the comfort of your home.

We can even help talk with your parent or other family members.  Feel free to contact us today for a free in-home assessment as we can provide helpful suggestions that will make this difficult conversation a little easier.

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