Home Healthcare Agencies and Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Home Healthcare Agencies and Services
Home healthcare agencies are certified by Medicare to provide covered at-home health services such as home health aides and nursing care services.

What is home healthcare? What is a home health agency?

Home healthcare refers to seniors receiving medical care at home as opposed to at a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or other senior care facility. Home healthcare services include skilled nursing care, home health aides, assistance with activities of daily living, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitative services.

Home health agencies employ certified or trained professionals who provide at-home medical services. Many home health agencies are approved by Medicare to provide medical services covered by Medicare.

What are the benefits of home healthcare? Should seniors receive care at home or go to a nursing home?

Home healthcare may be suitable for seniors depending on their healthcare needs and their preferences. Home healthcare allows seniors to receive treatment and recover from the comfort of their own home. It helps seniors regain their independence and become more self sufficient.

For more serious medical conditions which require more attention and care, nursing home care may be more suitable. However, receiving care at home versus at a nursing home will be dependent on doctor recommendations and personal preferences. Home healthcare is typically provided on a part-time basis while medical attention is typically available 24/7 at a skilled nursing facility.

What is a home health aide?

Home health aides are healthcare professionals who must meet training and other requirements from their State. Home health aides are not certified nurses and typically provide more basic healthcare services at a patients’ home, including assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and grooming, personal care, prescription drug management, and even general companionship and housekeeping.

What is the difference between a home health aide and a caregiver?

A caregiver is typically a family member who is paid to help with non-medical needs, such as assistance with activities of daily living. Home health aides help with similar at-home healthcare services, but they typically meet training requirements and are employed by a certified home health agency.

Can seniors receive skilled nursing care at home?

Yes, certified nurses can provide at-home medical services which home health aides are not able to provide, such as administering injections, caring for wounds, and physical therapy. Home healthcare agencies can employ both certified nurses and home health aides.

Does Medicare pay for home healthcare?

Yes, Medicare covers eligible home health services and typically a home health agency will coordinate covered services with your doctor. Medicare does not cover all at-home services, such as 24/7 care at home, delivered meals, or basic home needs such as laundry.

How can I find a home health agency in my area?

You can search and compare Medicare-certified home healthcare agencies on Senior65advice. Enter your zip code to find agencies in your area and compare them based on services provided and government 5-star quality ratings.

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