Chyle Morgan, Director of Clinical Services for Best Choice Home Care in Indianapolis, IN
Q: What is Home Health Care?
A: Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you might receive in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. The goal of home care is to treat an illness or injury and allow you to recover in the comfort of your own home.
Home health care can help you recover from illness, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible. Home care may include part-time or intermittent skilled nursing services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology (therapy) services, as well as wound care. Services may also include medical social services or assistance from a home health aide to assist with bathing needs. Home health agencies will coordinate services with your doctor.
Q: How does one qualify for Home Health Care?
A: You must be considered “home bound” during the duration of your illness, to qualify for home health care services.
Q: What does “Home bound” mean?
A: To be home bound means:
Leaving your home isn’t recommended because of your condition.
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).
Leaving home takes a considerable and taxing effort.
A person may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending religious services.
Q: What do we look for in a home health care provider?
A: When looking for the right provider for you or your loved one it is important that you ask about the company’s mission and character. You want to inquire about their range of services because not all companies will be able to cover your individual needs. Ask about their disease management programs and about their special- ty services. Find out if the company is willing to offer education to the patient and the family about the issues at hand and if they offer individualized plans of care. Most importantly make sure that you are choosing a company that puts your needs first and one that makes being at home easier and more comforting than being away. Remember you always have a choice, be sure you make the BEST CHOICE for you and your loved ones.
“The goal of home care is to treat an illness or injury and allow you to recover in the comfort of your own home. Home health care can help you recover from illness, regain your independence, and become as self sufficient as possible.”
Chyle, the Director of Clinical Services for Best Choice Home Care, can help ensure that the proper treatment plan is put into place for your loved one to receive the best care in the convenience of their own home. She is also available to help you understand the qualifications and determining factors for home health care services.