What is home health care?
Home care is a health care option offering a broad range of medical care and support services provided in the home. Services range from simple assistance in the activities of daily living to high-tech medical procedures. Home care is a cost-effective alternative to hospital and nursing home stays. Many elderly, disabled adults, and children with special needs are able to receive health care at home. Summit Home Health Care provides a full range of health and supportive services that span the full cycle of life, from prenatal care through hospice and bereavement counseling. Summit Home Health Care provides skilled health care and supportive services, utilizing nurses, therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, respiratory therapists), medical social workers, home health aides, and often other services, such as nutrition counseling, pharmacy and volunteer support.
Who provides home health care?
Summit Home Health Care services are delivered under the guidance of an interdisciplinary team, consisting of the patient’s physician, Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses, Home Health Aides, Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists, Medical Social Workers and/or Chaplains. Our medical professionals focus on maximizing the quality of each patient’s care.
Why does someone seek home health care rather than other types of care?
Summit Home Health Care's services enhance the individual's quality of life and maintain the person's independence by allowing the client to remain in the comfort of their own home. Compared to the cost of Senior Living residences or Nursing Homes, Summit Home Health Care helps provides professional health care at a fraction of the cost.
When is home health care appropriate?
People with a new diagnosis or illness, coping with a chronic problem, or those recovering from surgery or hospitalization. Summit Home Health Care will provide the specialized services you need.
Where is home health care provided?
In most cases, home health care is provided in the home so patients can recover in a familiar setting surrounded by their loved ones.
Who pays for home health care?
While Medicare is the biggest payer source for home health care nationally, Medicaid, private health insurers, health maintenance organizations, Long Term Care Insurance Policies, and the Veterans’ Administration also cover home health care services. Home health care services can also be purchased privately. Summit Home Health Care will help you determine which payer you may qualify for.
You must be homebound in order for Medicare to pay for your home care services. Medicaid pays for home health services for enrolled individuals who meet income eligibility criteria and who are in need of skilled services which are medically necessary. In some cases, Medicaid will also cover non-skilled home health services for individuals with functional limitations, who would otherwise require care in a skilled nursing facility. Private insurance plans and health maintenance organizations may also pay for home health care services that are ordered by the patient's physician. Copayments or other qualifying restrictions may apply. Summit Home Health Care is able to help you determine your eligibility for any of these or other programs.