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What is home health care?

Home health care is an excellent, cost-effective alternative to hospital or other institutional care. Service is based on the individual’s need as defined by his or her physician’s plan of care and consists of home visits from skilled nurses, therapists, social workers and/or home health aides.

What are the advantages of home health care?

In many cases, home health care permits a person to be discharged earlier from a hospital, reduces hospital admissions, and assists with a more rapid recovery. Most importantly, people are happier at home and receive more care and attention from family, friends and home health care professionals.

Who uses home health care?

People of all ages use home health care services. COG Home Health specializes in the care of older adults. Some examples include:

•    Individuals who are able to be discharged from a hospital or nursing home but need additional care
•    Individuals who have short-term health needs
•    Individuals who need education about the disease process and training on how to best care for themselves

Who pays for home health care services?

Medicare will cover 100% of physician-prescribed home health services. Private insurance may also cover the cost of home health care services. Some insurance policies will not cover all home health care services unless certain conditions are met. 

What is the Medicare criteria for home health care?

In order to receive home health care services under Medicare, the patient must require skilled, intermittent nursing care, physical therapy, or speech therapy, have a physician’s order for home health care, and be essentially homebound. Medicare considers a person to be homebound if leaving the home would require a considerable and taxing effort and if s/he has a condition due to an illness or injury which restricts the ability to leave home except with the aid of devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs, walkers, special transportation, or assistance of another person. Homebound patients may leave their home if absences from the home are infrequent or for periods of relatively short duration, or for the purpose of receiving medical treatment