Technology Opens Doors for Home Health Care

Technology is changing home health care in many of the same ways it is changing the world. With access to advanced technology tools that fit in our  pockets and are changing the entire world around us, it is only natural that these tools extend to in-home medical care. One of the biggest advancements are portable medical devices that can automatically communicate vital medical information with your team of doctors, nurses and specialists. Advanced medical monitoring devices can be located in your home or even right on your body. Technology-assisted medical care at home is ideal when: Your condition is chronic, and will […]

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Physical Therapy at Home Helps You Heal Faster!

Heal more quickly with the convenience of physical therapy at home. There is no need to travel to a therapist’s office with physical therapy at home! The energy you conserve can be spent on getting stronger so you’re back on your feet faster. In-home physical therapy is especially important if you need help with basic movements. Daily tasks are hard enough, but travelling on top of it can be unbearable. Getting in a car, walking into the office or even sitting in a waiting room can be painful. The benefits of home healthcare, including physical therapy, are plentiful. Not only can […]

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Home Health Aide Services Improve Independence for Homebound Patients

Home heath aide services can greatly improve the quality of life a homebound loved one. Home health aides help you with daily tasks around the house so loved ones can focus on what really matters, taking care of their health! No matter if it’s illness, surgery or simply due to older age, home health aide services can relieve the primary caregiver, typically a family member, to free up some of their time. Often the family member gives up their personal time, and ignore tasks in their own life to help the patient. Tasks like cleaning, cooking, personal hygiene and transportation can […]

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Medicare Home Health Care Checklist

The Official Handbook for Medicare Home Health Care has all kinds of great information, including this handy checklist for evaluating and monitoring the care you receive at home. Once you find a visiting nurse, home health aide or home care agency that you’re comfortable with, it’s a good idea to review their performance once and a while. An objective look at the care you receive will help you identify areas where things are great, and others that could be improved. This is a great tool to use when communicating with your agency about what you’d like to change. Medicare Home […]

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Choosing the Best Home Health Care Provider

Choosing the best home health care provider for your unique circumstances is one of the most important decisions you will make. Your health and well-being, along with your home are in their hands. Finding expert, at home medical care, by people you trust is critical. It is best to align your needs with the services of the home health care provider. To do this, get ready define your needs, interview agencies and do a comparison. First, think about your needs, including your schedule, the medical services you require, doctor’s orders, your insurance coverage and any special needs you have.   Then, […]

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After-Surgery Care with a Visiting Nurse

When you’re okay to go home after surgery, but still need medical care, a visiting nurse is the answer! Not only will you save money with a shorter hospital stay, you recover faster in the comfort of your own home. In-home nurses help you manage pain better, monitor your condition closely and is much more cost-effective than staying in the hospital longer than you probably need to. If you do have complications during recovery, a skilled RN will notify you fast of how you can deal with it, if it’s a normal part of recovery or if you should immediately […]

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Why is CHAP Certification Important?

To ensure that you are working with a home healthcare agency that has been proven successful, trustworthy and provides the highest quality care, look for one with CHAP Certification. The Community Health Accreditation Program, or CHAP, is widely recognized as an organization that promotes superior performance among health care institutions all over the world. CHAP Certification ensures that your medical providers: Are validated by an external, third party reviewer Has policies and procedures compliant with state and federal regulations and industry standards Have access to experts who can educate the agency to achieve better performance Perform above the minimum standards […]

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Home Health Care is a Continued Trend in Michigan

Medical care at home is one of the top trends in medicine right now as baby boomers age, and Affordable Care Act comes alive. According to a Health Affairs Blog article from Feb 2014 called “The Changing Health Care World: Trends to Watch in 2014”, the market for home health care will double from $11.6 billion in 2011 to $27.3 billion in 2016. At-home healthcare has many benefits to the patient, including more comfort and convenience for them and their families. It is also typically much more affordable than office visits or institutional care. Plus, home health care services can […]

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Medicare Home Health Care Benefits: Official Guidelines

In many cases, Medicare covers home healthcare! If you are homebound and meet the Medicare guidelines, you can receive in-home therapy, home health aide and visiting nurse services under your insurance plan. An informative, Official Handbook is available to help you understand the guidelines and find the right home health care agency. In this blog post we will introduce you to the Medicare Home Healthcare guidelines and link to important sections of the 32-page Official Medicare and Home Health Care Booklet.   Eligibility for Medicare Home Health Care Any person receiving Medicare benefits can also receive in-home medical care under these general […]

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Coverage for Medicare In-Home Therapy Services

If you have coverage under Medicare, in-home therapy services are available! Medically-necessary therapy services are partially paid for by Medicare Part B Insurance and Original Medicare. If you’re homebound, they will pay for an approved Medicare in-home therapist to provide therapy to you at home.  In-home physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech / language pathology are all partially covered under Medicare. However, there are limits on services called “therapy caps”. In 2014, the Therapy Caps are: $1,920 for physical therapy (PT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) services combined $1,920 for occupational therapy (OT) services If your therapist documents your need for medically-necessary services, […]

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