What to Expect from Medicare Home Health Services?
Your physician has ordered home care through Comprehensive Home Health Care. Comprehensive is a Medicare Certified, CHAP accredited home care provider. Our home care agency providers skilled nursing care at home, in home physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavioral health counseling, medical social worker, nutritional support and other services.
Why use Comprehensive Home Health Care for Medicare Services at Home?
Comprehensive Home Health provides home care services in 39 counties throughout Florida. Our health care organization strives to provide quality home care with sincerity and continuity of care through a clinical team approach. Our home care programs are designed to help you or your loved one maintain optimium health and wellness in a home environment.
Quality Home Health Care Trusted by Florida Physicians
It is because of the recognition Comprehensive Home Health Care has achieved throughout Florida, our clinical team is fortunate to have your physician entrust us with your care. When you go home either from your physician’s office, hospital or skilled nursing and rehabiliation center, you can expect the following Medicare Home Health Care services by Comprehensive Clinical Team within 24 to 48 hours:
A nursing case manager or clinical team member will contact you withing 24-48 hours.
A Registered Nurse (RN) or in home Physical Therapist (PT) will visit you at your home or assisted living facility to assess your present medical condition, take medical history, determine your needs, review your current medications, and provide important information about your care and how you can contact us.
Based on your physician’s diagnosis and the determination of your home health care needs, a case manager will coordinate assigning other clinicians to address those needs timely.
Our clinical team will provide contact information to reach the caregiver directly, and in the event it is after normal business hours, holiday or weekends, a clinical team member can be reached at our 24 hour on call service.
Coordination of care is direct with your phsyician reporting medical trends, phone calls, facsimile, or hand delivered reports ensuring communication and outcomes to your care providers.
Comprehensive Home Health mission statement is to raise the standards of home health care today…we want you to know our clinical health team is with you every step of the way…
Does Medicare Home Health provide just a home health aide if that is all I really need?
A home health aide is a licensed, trained health care professional who can assist an individual in a home or home like environment. Medicare does not unfortunately cover a home health aide to assist a patient with custodial care in the home such as meals preparation, light housekeeping or assistance with daily living.
How long is the script for home health care good for once the doctor writes the order?
When a physician prescribes home health care services under Medicare, the initial order is good for sixty days assuming that the patient meets the Medicare guidelines for treatment.
How do I know what type of home health care I need?
As a Medicare recipient, we will consult with your physician to determine the type of home health services you will need for your specific medical condition.
Why do I need home health care services?
Your doctor has ordered home health care through Comprehensive Home Care. Your physician is concerned about your health condition and home health care allows your doctor to be able to monitor your health with the assistance of a visiting home care nurse and/or physical therapist in the comforts of your own home.
Who is responsible for paying for the caregiver?
All caregivers are paid by Comprehensive Home Health Care, satisfying any taxes and obligations to the government.
Community Outreach Assistance
While a patient is receiving home care services under Medicare, a Medical Social Worker can assist a patient through the home care agency to provide short-term counseling services. Our licensed medical social workers can access the needs of a patient and community resources available locally. We provide short-term counseling services, referral to and coordination with community resources, assistance with living arrangements, assistance with financial problems and long range planning.
Infection Control Tips in the Home
Cleanliness and good hygiene help prevent infection. Contaminated materials such as bandages, dressings or surgical gloves can spread infection, and harm the environment. If not disposed of properly, these items can injure trash handlers, family members and others who could be exposed to them.
Certain illnesses and treatments (i.e. chemotherapy, dialysis, AIDS, diabetes, burns) can make people more susceptible to infection. Your Nurse will instruct you on the use of protective clothing (gowns/gloves) if they are necessary.
Notify your physician and/or home care staff if you develop any of the following signs and symptoms of infection:
- pain/tenderness/redness or swelling of a body part
- inflamed skin/rash/sore/ulcer
- fever or chills
- painful urination
- sore throat/cough
- increased tiredness/weakness
- pus (green/yellow drainage)
You can help control infection by following these guidelines:
Wash your hands before and after giving any care to the patient (even if wearing gloves), before handling or eating foods, and after using the toilet, changing a diaper, handling soiled linens, touching pets, coughing, sneezing or blowing nose.
Hand washing needs to be done frequently and correctly: remove jewelry; use warm water and soap (liquid soap is best); hold your hands down so water flows away from your arms; scrub for at least 10 to 15 seconds (30 seconds recommended), making sure you clean under your nails and between your fingers; dry your hands with a clean paper towel; and use a new paper towel to turn off the faucet. Apply hand lotion after washing to help prevent and soothe dry skin. Washing your hands is the single most important step in controlling the spread of infection.
Tips for Maintaining Your Oxygen
Medical Equiptment / Oxygen Tips
- Manufacturers instructions for specialized medical equipment should be kept with or near the equipment.
- Routine and preventive maintenance is performed according to the manufacturers instructions.
- Phone numbers are available in the home to obtain service in case of equipment problems or equipment failure.
- Backup equipment is available if indicated.
- Manufacturers instructions are followed for providing a proper environment for specialized medical equipment.
- Adequate electrical power is provided for medical equipment such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators and other equipment.
- Equipment batteries are checked regularly by a qualified service person.
- All oxygen equipment is to be kept away from an open flame.
- There is no smoking around oxygen.
- Oxygen is not allowed to freeze or overheat.
- If you have electrically powered equipment such as oxygen or a ventilator, you are registered with your local utility company.
Visiting Home Care Nurses
The Skilled Nurse is a Registered Nurseor Licensed Practical Nurse with training and experience in providing care in the home. The nurse communicates frequently with your physician to update your plan of care. Services may include evaluation of patient needs, performance of skilled nursing procedures, education of patient, family members and caregivers on disease processes, self-care techniques and prevention strategies, and coordination of patient care and services with your physician and other health care team members.
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