In home health care includes a wide range of services provided by skilled professionals. Providers include nurses, therapists and medical social workers. One goal of home health services is to assist an individual in healing after an injury or acute illness through short term nursing assistance and prescribed therapy.
Some services offered through in home health care include:
- Wound Care
- IV Therapy
- Therapeutic care including speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy
In Home Health Care for Chronic Conditions
Home health care services also benefit individuals facing more chronic conditions. With the assistance of licensed nurses and therapists, home health services allows individuals to maintain their current level of health for a longer period of time, and sometimes see improvements. These services assist individuals in remaining independent when aging in place is the goal. They also remove some of the burden and stress from caregivers who are trying to complete complex medical tasks independently, without respite time. When home health services are in place, caregivers are allowed time to tend to other family members, work outside of the home or take care of personal needs while skilled professionals assist in keeping their loved ones safe and healthy.
Long term home health services often include:
- Necessary care related to brain or spinal cord injuries
- Medical assistance when Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia have been diagnosed
- Medication management and other health care services to facilitate aging in place
For many individuals, home health care is a viable alternative to lengthened hospital stays or admission into a long term care facility. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services state the benefits of in home health care are that services are less expensive, more convenient and equally effective when compared to hospitalization. When a physician prescribes in home health services, Medicare and private insurance plans often offer reimbursement for costs, helping families with the financial burden that is often present when rehabilitative care is necessary. In addition, home health services are one on one, individualized by nature and flexible. These are distinct advantages offered by in home health agencies versus nursing homes or rehabilitation centers.
The Difference Between Home Care and In Home Health Care
Some confusion presents when individuals attempt to differentiate home health care services from home care services. While both services offer assistance to disabled, injured, ill or elderly individuals, assisting them in meeting their goals of aging in place, home health services are provided by skilled and licensed providers, such as nurses and therapists. In contrast, home care service providers cannot offer the same level of medical assistance, as these professionals are not licensed. Home health providers will assist individuals with some activities of daily living while they are providing medically necessary care, but a home care provider cannot legally assist in meeting a client’s medical needs. As an example, a home health provider can administer medications but a home care provider can only remind an individual to take their medications. A home care provider will drive an individual to a doctor’s appointment and clean a client’s house, but a home health care provider will not. Both a home health provider and a home care provider will assist an individual in getting to the bathroom, but a home health care provider will offer this as a secondary service, only when other medical services are also being provided. Quality home health providers and home care providers always work in a collaborative fashion, keeping the client’s wants and needs in mind and coordinating services to best meet the established goals.
Nationally Recognized & Accrediated Home Health Services
At Salus, we utilize a proven method for establishing the needs of each of our clients and serving those needs with health and safety in mind. Our One Call program offers clients the opportunity to simply place a phone call to one of our offices to discuss their own or a loved one’s needs and schedule an evaluation. Our nursing coordinator meets with each client individually, in the client’s home, to ascertain needs, listen to the client’s goals and recommend services. Other medical professionals, including the client’s doctors, hospital discharge planner and medical social worker, are also contacted by our case manager to provide continuity of care and best meet the client’s short term and long term medical needs. A plan of care is then established, and providers initiate services in the home as soon as necessary. Throughout this process, we continue to adhere to the stringent requirements of the Joint Commission, a prestigious health care oversight body. Salus is dedicated to empowering individuals with safe and effective services, and that is why we are continuously awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission. More importantly, that is why Salus continues to be the top choice of disabled, elderly and recovering individuals seeking in home health care services.