The services offered by Home Care Agencies can include, but are not limited to the following:
The two most common resources for Home Health Care Patients are those who are recovering from a hospital stay or discharged form a rehabilitation facility. Most are disabled, chronically or terminally ill, and need medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance with the essential activities of daily living.
Home Health Care services are typically provided by Medicare certified home health care agencies; hospices; area agencies on aging, homemaker agencies; staff and private duty nursing agencies. Durable medical equipment companies may be utilized to deliver products such as medical equipment and supplies.
Patients of all ages are cared for by home health care agencies. Patient’s ages range from infants to the elderly.
Patients who return home after surgery, and need care, supervision or assistance. Patients who have health problems, but who want to maintain their independence in their homes with the support of a professional caregiver. Patients who have complex treatments that require use of medical equipment and/or medication monitoring. Mothers and newborns, home from the hospital after 24 or 48 hours who are in need of further education, support and clinical assessment skills of a trained nurse. Young adults, recovering from accidents or injuries, who can manage on their own – if they know an experienced healthcare worker will be there when needed. Mentally ill adults who need support to remain in the mainstream of their community. Adults who want their parents to have quality care at home and millions of Americans with chronic diseases and disabilities, like Alzheimer’s, heart failure, kidney disease, or diabetes, who need careful monitoring but do not want or need to enter a nursing home or skilled care facility.
Being prepared to answer the many questions that potential patients and patient resource will ask in their Home Health Care Agency selection process will give you an advantage in a very competitive market place. Your patient is only interested in making the right choice. To win their confidence you must understand their needs and be able to provide these type of services.
Most of the questions that potential patients and patient resource will ask during your initial meeting are listed below.