Home care is care provided in the home when a patient is unable to can include both certified healthcare and personal care/private duty. As hospital stays decrease, increasing numbers of patients need skilled services when they return home. It can include assisting those persons who are recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill and are in need of medical, social, therapeutic treatment, and/or assistance with the essential activities of daily living. To receive home care, you must be homebound.
Homebound means that you have an inability to leave your home, or that it takes a considerable and challenging effort to leave home. Absences from the home must be infrequent or for a very short period of time, for instance leaving your home for medical appointment. A person is considered to be homebound if you have an illness or injury, which restricts your ability to leave home unless you have help. Examples would be if you need a wheelchair, special transportation or help from another person to leave your home. In most cases, if you are able to drive you are not considered homebound. If you leave your home for purposes other than to receive medical treatment and if the absences are long and frequent, such as frequent shopping trips or visits to friends, you are not deemed homebound. When you are able to leave your home, Medicare expects that any medical care you require will be provided in an outpatient setting.
Most insurance carriers, including Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance plans will cover home healthcare that is deemed medically necessary and fulfilling coverage requirements. Skilled Services, including a home health aide for personal hygiene twice a week, is covered.
If you have Medicaid or limited income, you may qualify for community care services at no cost to you. To start, you would contact the PA Independent Enrollment Broker at 1-877-550-4227. If you need additional help receiving this, our knowledgeable social workers can help you obtain waiver and receive the help you need.
At Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, you will receive superior, safe and effective homecare. If a problem develops or if you would like to issue a complaint, notify the agency administrator or chief supervisor. You may also issue a complaint to your state’s department of health, Medicare hotline or your local Better Business Bureau.
Federal law dictates that all home healthcare patients be informed of their rights and responsibilities. Deer Meadows Home Health and Support Services, LLC will provide you with a summary of patient’s rights and responsibilities that are consistent with state laws.