1. What is Home Care?

Medicare skilled home care is providing skilled services (Nursing, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy) in the home on a part-time intermittent basis. The focus is educating the patient and caregiver on disease processes, medications, safety, and exercises to improve function and prevent injuries/hospitalization.

2. How does someone qualify for Home Care?

To qualify for homecare, a person must meet all 3 criteria:

  • Must be homebound- leaving your home must be a taxing effort, requiring assistance from another person; these absences must be infrequent and of short duration. Examples: physician office visits, occasional religious services, hair cut/appointment monthly, family function once a month
  • Must be under the care of a physician
  • Require skilled services on a part-time, intermittent basis

3. Why Home Care?

Skilled care at home is more cost-effective than if provided in a hospital or nursing home. Patients and caregivers frequently feel more “in control” at home so they are more able to actively participate in decision-making and care-planning processes.

4. Who pays for Home Care?

Medicare is the primary payer for home care, however most insurance has home care as a benefit. Transition Home Health Partners accepts Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Aefna, Humana, Motina, Medicaid, Auto Claims, Workers Comp. Our office can verify your coverage for you.

5. What services will I receive?

Your physician will determine which services you require based on your condition.

6. How often will someone come to my home?

That will depend on the assessment and plan of care. Typically, a skilled service provider will initially be in your home 2-3 times per week during the early weeks, and then reduce to once a week later on. This will vary based on individual needs.

7. How long does Home Care last?

Each episode is 60 calendar days. This may be extended if your physician feels you would benefit from continued services.