The Gables Assisted Living and Memory Care works hand in hand with outside service providers to provide home health services to the residents in our communities.
Most times, home health makes it possible for a resident to receive the skilled nursing care they need without a long term hospitalization or stay in a skilled nursing center. Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home or in a residential care/assisted living community for an illness or injury. Examples of skilled home health services include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Language Pathology
- Home Care Aides
- Medical Social Services
- Wound care for pressure sores or surgical wounds
- Patient and caregiver education
- Intravenous or nutrition therapy
- Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
Being Admitted To Home Health
Doctor’s orders are needed to start care. Once your doctor refers you for home health services, you will choose the agency you would like to work with, and the home health agency will schedule an appointment to come talk to you about your needs and ask questions about your health. The home health agency staff will also talk to your doctor about your care and keep your doctor updated about your progress. It’s important that home health staff see you as often as the doctor ordered. Upon admission to home health, Gables and the home health agency will coordinate care plans to ensure that every aspect of your care is covered. Coordination of cares and communication are extremely important between Gables and our outside service providers. We meet with our home health agencies regularly to discuss care plans and set goals to help our residents recover quickly and become as self-sufficient as possible.
Goals & Benefits of Home Health
The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better and regain your independence. Some benefits of home health include:
- Convenient, regularly scheduled visits without having to leave home
- Quicker recovery time at home versus a long term hospitalization or stay in a skilled nursing home facility
- Receive skilled care in the privacy of your home versus an office or exam room
- Comfort of being in a safe, familiar place
Who Pays for Home Health?
Typically all costs are paid by Medicaid or Medicare in full. In most cases there are no out of pocket costs for home health or hospice, but it depends on your insurance. If your doctor or referring health care provider decides you need home health care, they should give you a list of agencies that serve your area, but must tell you whether their organization has a financial interest in any agency listed.