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What is Home Health?

Home health care provides multiple health care services that can be performed in your residence. It can be secured through an agency or an individual. In-home care services can help those who are aging and need assistance to live independently. It is most typically needed during recovery from surgery, an injury or an illness. Home health care may also be required to help manage a serious or chronic disease and can help people remain safely at home and live as independently as possible.

Who Administers Home Health Care?

The care is prescribed by a doctor and can be provided by one caregiver or a team of individuals. Nurses, therapists, aides and other medically-trained professionals can provide the services prescribed by a physician and customize the care to the needs of each patient. The services can range from short-term to long-term in the home, depending on the person’s needs.

Who Pays for Home Health Care?

When specific qualifications are met such as a physician order, the home health care services are covered by Medicare and many Medicaid and insurance plans.

What Services Does Home Health Care Provide?

The home health care professional can help you understand the expected course of your illness and watch for warning signs. A sample of skilled home health care services includes:

  • Patient education and training
  • Wound care for pressure sores or surgical wounds
  • Intravenous and nutrition training
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Monitoring serious illness
  • Blood pressure, temperature, heart rate checks
  • Medication management
  • Teaching safety precautions
  • Care coordination
  • Managing diabetes

After a short-term stay at Moweaqua Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, we have a home health partner we can connect you with to ensure success at home. Our goal is to help you lead a more independent life and to provide the support and peace of mind needed for your whole family. For more information, please call us at 217-790-3728.