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Home Health FAQs

What is home health care?

Home Health services help adults and seniors who are recovering after a hospital or facility stay, or need additional support to remain safely at home and avoid unnecessary hospitalization. These Medicare-certified services may include short-term nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, and assistive home health care.

At Kamcare Home Health Services, this care is provided by registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, home health aides and medical social workers as a limited number of up to one hour visits, primarily through the Medicare Home Health benefit.

The largest segment of Home Care consists of licensed and unlicensed non-medical personnel who assist the individual including caregivers and care assistants may help the individual with daily tasks such as bathing, eating, cleaning the home and preparing meals. Caregivers work to support the needs individuals and this work helps them stay at home versus a facility.

Kamcare Home Health Services can also offer specialized chronic care programs that focus on actively involving you in your health care process, addressing conditions including:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • pain management
  • wound care
  • infusion therapy
  • oncology
  • chronic kidney disease
What can I expect on the first home health care visit?

On the first visit, a nurse or therapist will conduct an initial evaluation. At Kamcare Home Health Services, this thorough interview and evaluation is part of our coordinated approach to managing your overall health status. Our evaluation focuses on educating you in self-care management and partners with your doctor to promote disease prevention and proactive care.

This team approach facilitates an easier transition for you from a hospital or nursing facility to your home, and actively engages you and your caregivers in your health care.

Will Kamcare create a personalized care plan just for me or my loved one?

Yes. After your doctor refers you to Kamcare Home Health Services, one of our registered nurse case managers will come to your home to assess your needs. We will communicate with your doctor to discuss the assessment and work together to develop your personal plan of care. Kamcare Home Health Services staff will implement your physician-ordered plan of care and serve as liason between you and your doctor as well as any other healthcare providers involved in your care. If your condition or needs change, we’ll collaborate with your medical team to review your plan of care and make any necessary adjustments.

How often will my home health care visits be?

The frequency of home health care visits and the services provided are based on your doctor’s orders in your personal plan of care. Your doctor may periodically make changes to your plan of care, increasing or decreasing the number of visits or services provided, in order to provide you with the best home health care for your needs. Each patient’s plan of care will be different as each patient’s needs are different.

My doctor is ordering home health care for me; do I have a choice in what home health company provides my care?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we hear and most patients do not realize that it is absolutely their right to choose any home health company they wish. Federal law gives patients the freedom to choose their health care provider under Medicare and we would be honored to provide your home care.

Who is eligible for home health care?

There are several requirements for receiving home health care:

  1. You must have a doctor prescribe home health care.
  2. You must need either skilled nursing care on an intermittent basis or therapy services (i.e., physical/occupational/speech therapy)
  3. You must be restricted in your ability to leave home (“homebound”), and your homebound status must be certified by a physician. This means that you require the help or supervision of another person, or you use a supportive device such as a cane or walker. You can leave the home as often as you need for medical treatment. You are allowed brief and infrequent absences from the home for some non-medical reasons, such as an occasional trip to the barber/beauty shop or a walk around the block.
What does “homebound” mean?

Essentially, your condition should be such that there exists a “normal inability to leave home” and doing so would require considerable and taxing effort. Generally speaking, you would be considered homebound if you have a condition due to an illness or injury that restricts your ability to leave home without the aid of an assistive device (such as crutches, canes, walkers or wheelchairs), without the assistance of another person, or if leaving the home is medically inadvisable.

You can leave the home as often as you need for medical treatment that cannot be provided in the home. Further, you are allowed brief and infrequent absences from the home for some non-medical reasons, such as an occasional trip to the barber/beauty shop, to attend church, or for unique family events (like a graduation).

Who pays for home health care services?

If you meet certain eligibility requirements, Medicare may pay for your covered home health care for as long as you’re eligible and your doctor certifies that you need it.

Additionally, your state’s Medicaid program or your private insurance also may cover home health care, or some services that Medicare doesn’t cover. Check with your state Medicaid program or insurance company to learn about their specific eligibility requirements.