Home health care is a skilled set of services provided to you or a loved one from the comfort of your own home. Home Health care is provided to you via Medicare Part A. Care is provided to homebound patients who are recovering from illness, injury or surgery.
Physical therapy is one of the most common prescriptions as it relates to home health care. In this case physical therapy is utilized to help homebound patients regain their strength to normal levels. Physical therapy is typically utilized after a fall or surgery such as a knee or hip replacement. Physical therapists will be there to help as long as the service is deemed medically necessary. Therefore once goals are reached with the physical therapist you will need to find another option to continue your progress.
Occupational therapy is typically prescribed alongside physical therapy. Your physical and occupational therapists will work alongside one another to ensure you are meeting both sets of goals. Occupational therapists are trained to help individuals perform everyday tasks after a life changing event. The event may be a surgery, stroke, etc. Occupational therapy will consist of practice with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing and eating.
Skilled nursing care will be utilized to oversee your health journey. The nurse will provide services such as wound care, patient and caregiver education, medication management, as well as medical oversight and communication with your physician. The skilled nursing care is a crucial element that helps to align the other services together ensuring the patient is receiving proper treatment and improving.
Home health is will need to be prescribed from your physician. Upon referral from the physician the home health agency will be in touch to schedule initial consultation to create a plan of care. Talk to your medical provider to see if home health is right for you!