Medicare has set forth the following criteria for Home Health admissions:
- Patients must have physicians orders.
- Patients must be homebound:
- The patient may leave home infrequently and only with considerable and taxing effort;
- The absences from home are primarily attributable to the need to receive medical treatment.
- Patient must require the intermittent services of a skilled nurse and/or a physical therapist.
The home health service is a necessary and reasonable treatment of illness or injury, which cannot be performed by someone other than a skilled health care professional.
Qualifying for Services
Patients with one or more of the following may qualify to receive our services
- Increased ER visits or hospitalizations
- Unable to leave home or homebound
- Diagnosed with new or exacerbated illness
- New or recent changes in medications
- Need for physical, occupational or speech therapy
- Recent discharge from hospital or rehabilitation facility
- Experienced a recent fall with injury
What We Do
A*Med Home Health offers healthcare services to empower our clients to stay at home, where they want to be. People overwhelmingly feel secure and comfortable in their homes and wish to remain there. What’s even better, is that home-based healthcare is often the most affordable choice.
With A*Med Home Health, you have a wide range of home-based health services and specialty programs that allow you to stay in your home, with family and friends. We offer skilled nursing and therapy following a hospitalization. We offer personal care services to help with daily activities. Finally, we offer primary care which makes home calls and manages chronic conditions. These services and our ancillary products are all based on the same idea: empowering people to remain in the community through innovative healthcare solutions.
In the unfortunate instance where the condition progresses to a point where a cure isn’t possible, the physician may recommend hospice care. Hospice care aims to manage symptoms and provide comfort in the patient’s final days. This aims to make the end-of-life journey better rather than treat the disease.
Our physicians manage the diagnosis and oversee the medical care. They work closely with nursing staff and the clinical team to ensure the quality of care in preparing a treatment plan with short and long term goals; ordering ancillary personal care; prescribing equipment and supplies; reassessing the treatment plan; and documenting medical records.
Skilled nursing can help after injury, illness, surgery, or for care needs related to a chronic condition. We can provide services such as complex wound dressings, medication management, disease management, patient monitoring, and education to help expedite recovery goals. We also offer skilled nursing services to help manage long-term, chronic conditions so life can be lived to the fullest.
Home Health Aide Services
Routine Hair/Skin Care
Catheter Bag Changes
Medical Social Workers
Our social workers can provide assessments and connect you and your loved ones to community resources to help manage your condition. We also offer a variety of specialty programs aimed at certain conditions that contain specific protocols designed to speed recovery and get you back into the highest activity level possible.
Physical therapists can help improve physical function through an exercise program, balance training, and education. Our Physical Therapists will help regain strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Speech therapists evaluate and treat conditions related to swallowing, cognition, and communication problems after a stroke or other neurological issue. Problems could include stuttering, apraxia, dysarthria or language disorders such as aphasia. Our speech therapists provide oral motor exercises to help our patients improve their speaking ability and help them communicate more clearly.
Occupational theraptists are used for improving motor skills and reasoning abilities, or to compensate for permanent loss of function. Our occupational therapists help with ability to do everyday activities safely in the comfort of the home. We may assess and modify our patients’ home and community environments to improve their safety and independence and we may prescribe and educate patients and caregivers in the use of adaptive equipment to assist function.
Home Health Care vs. Palliative Care
While both Home Health and Palliative Care are services provided in the home, there are differences between the two of them. Home health services help you get better from an illness or injury, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.
Palliative care is a form of home health care in which patients face chronic or quality of life-limiting illnesses, and focuses on the relief of symptoms, pain and stress. Patients may receive curative treatments.
Both services require a doctor’s order, but treatment options are different, depending on the individual needs and outcomes. Please talk to us about concerns you may have for one or both of these options.
Our Rehabilitation Program is tailored to each physician’s protocols. Upon receipt of patient referral, services may begin within 24 hours of discharge.
- Assess safety in the home to prevent falls and other risks
- Comprehensive skin assessment and wound care as directed
- Nurse to monitor incision care and medication management
- Provide resources such as non-slip socks and gait belt for transfers
- Convenience of therapy in the home
- Increase patient compliance, improve outcomes and expedite recovery times