Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of some of the most common questions we receive. If there is something you want to know and don’t see it on this page, feel free to contact us.
Isn’t home health care expensive?
Home health care costs differ greatly depending on the individual case, but are usually much lower than the long-term care facility alternative. Often the costs are buffered or completely covered by a third party such as insurance or special government programs designed to assist handicapped, disabled or injured people and their families. What’s more is that home health care is billed based on usage. That is to say that if you only use one hour of service, you’re only billed for one hour unlike a long term facility which bills around the clock whether care is being given or not.
What are my rights as a patient?
Federal law dictates that all home health care patients be informed of their rights and responsibilities. We at NURSING BRIDGES can provide you with a summary of patient’s rights and responsibilities.
How do I choose the right home health care provider?
There are many important factors to consider in choosing the best agency to meet your needs. First you must assess what types of services you will need and find an agency that offers those services. Ask the agencies you are considering about their accreditations, licenses and certifications. You’ll also want to evaluate the quality of care, and the skills and training of personnel at the agencies under consideration. Call Nursing bridges for more info.
What agencies or organizations provide home health care?
There are nearly 10,000 home health care agencies in the United States. Home health care providers include registered, licensed, practical and vocational nurses; agencies contracting with physicians; home care aides; medical social workers; pharmacists; physical, respiratory and occupational therapists; laboratory technologists; speech pathologists; dental hygienists and dentists.
Who needs Home Care?
If you were recently hospitalized for surgery or illness.If you are unable to meet your own needs due to health, age or social problems.If you are stressed with taking care of a family member who can no longer care for themselves.If you are missing work or ignoring your immediate family to care for a loved one.If you are homebound and lonely, frightened, or depressed.If you need assistance getting groceries, going to appointments, or around the house.If you have an infant or sick child and need help with care or housework.
Isn’t home health care expensive?
Home care is a cost effective alternative to extended hospital stays or institutional care. Being at home helps clients feel better about themselves and gives them a sense of security and well-being, without imposing a burden on family and friends. In addition, home care cost less compared to hospitalization or a long term care facility.The scope of home care is broad. Clients cross the spectrum of care; from newborn infants to the elderly and infirm. Services include non-medical personal care, such as assistance with personal hygiene, meal preparation, mobility, and light housekeeping skilled nursing care, and specialized therapeutic care. Staying at home means being near family and friends, people who can offer loving care and support. A trained home care provider can teach them the skills needed to help with certain types of care.