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When Western Illinois Home Health Care opened its doors over 30 years ago, discharging patients from the hospital with home health care was an afterthought on the road to recovery. Today, with enhanced regulations, penalties for rehospitalizations and the personal desire to age in place – in the comfort of one’s own home – home health care is quickly becoming an avenue for high-quality and outcome-driven care.

Still, there are some who don’t use home care when they need help to recoup from a recent diagnosis. As patients become more of an active participant in their own quality of care, questions are often asked on what home health care can do for them. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at our agency when patients and caregivers approach us for answers.

What Is Home Health Care?

Home health care helps seniors live independently for as long as possible, given the limits of their medical condition. It covers a wide range of services and can often delay the need for long-term nursing home care. Home health care may also include occupational and physical therapy, speech therapy, and skilled nursing. It may involve helping the elderly with activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Or it may include assistance with cooking, cleaning, other housekeeping and monitoring one’s daily regimen of prescription and over-the-counter medications. Though very similar in nature, home health care and home care do have some distinct differences. Home health care is medically oriented, meaning that skilled nurses and therapists are an integral part of care. Home care services are the supportive services many patients need as they receive home health care. Services may include light housekeeping, bathing and meal preparation. Western Illinois Home Health Care is one of the few agencies in the area that is able to provide both types of care to our clients – an added benefit for those looking at which home care provider to choose.

Why Choose Home Health Care?

Western Illinois Home Health Care believes that people recover better when they are at home enjoying the comfort of being in familiar surroundings. Specifically with people who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, being cared for at home is a much better environment to receive the care they need. Home health care can also prevent or postpone unplanned and unnecessary institutionalization, which typically leads to the declining health and well-being of the individual. Being cared for in your home allows for care to be tailored to the needs of each individual; receiving one-on-one care and attention. Home care can prevent rehospitalization and can decrease the need for urgent care. Additionally, many physicians maintain that patients recuperate quicker in a home environment among family, friends and familiar settings.

Who Pays For Home Health Care?

If you have Medicare, you can use your home health benefits if you are under the care of a doctor who will certify that you are in need of:

Your doctor must also certify that you’re homebound, which means that your condition keeps you from leaving home without help (such as using a wheelchair or walker, needing special transportation, or getting help from another person) and that leaving home takes a considerable and taxing effort.

Once you qualify, you can also receive assistance of a Medical Social Worker and a Home Health Aide.

Many insurance plans, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicaid also pay for some home care services.

When Do I Need Home Health Care?

Home health care should be a common part of someone’s care plans if they have had:

If you are, or someone you know is, in need of home care, Western Illinois Home Health Care offers free consultations to determine a care plan that is tailored to your specific needs. For more information, please feel free to call our office at 1-800-228-5993.

Joel Newman is the Director of Business Development for Western Illinois Home Health Care

June 2013

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