What is home health?

Home health care is ordered by your physician and brings nursing staff right to your home.  An important aspect of this care includes teaching you—or those who help care for you—how to continue the necessary care while recovering from your hospital stay.  Instruction may include wound care and managing medications; however, there are many other reasons home care may be ordered.

Requirements for home care:

  • A physician must order your home care
  • Your care must require the needs of a nurse or physical therapy professional.
  • You must be homebound, meaning you are unable to leave your home unassisted, unless it is to receive medical attention. 

Home care provides a number of advantages for the patient:

  • Keeps families together
  • Helps keep the elderly independent
  • Prevents or postpones institutionalization
  • Promotes healing
  • Allows a maximum amount of freedom for the individual
  • Improves the quality of life
  • Is less expensive than other forms of care

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