Home health care is skilled nursing care and certain other health care services you get in your home for the treatment of an illness or injury. There are two types of home care: skilled home health care and supportive homemaker services. Skilled care is health services that are ordered by a physician and provided by professionals such as nurses and therapists. Services include nursing care, physical therapy, speech and hearing therapy, occupational therapy, social workers, etc. Supportive services include assistance with personal needs (walking, bathing, dressing), homemaker services (shopping, meal preparation, light housekeeping), home delivered meals, telephone reassurance, etc.
While in the hospital, a discharge planner from the Case Management/Social Work Department will meet with you and your family to discuss what types of care will be needed for you following discharge. Careful attention is given to assisting, planning and managing a quality home health care program. All home health care plans are under the direction of the patient's physician, who is involved in all aspects of the care and works closely with the staff. In order to qualify for home health care under his/her insurance provider, a patient must meet the criteria established by their insurance carrier. Some insurance providers also require that patients use a home care agency that is approved as a “network” or “contracted” provider.
During the referral process for home health care services, patients and their families will be offered the choice of home care agency with which they would like to receive services. For information on Valley Home Care, please click here.
Valley Hospital also offers a list of area home health care agencies. Click here to view the list.
Patients should contact their insurance provider to obtain coverage and network provider information. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you may call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov/Coverage/Home.asp to obtain covered benefit information. Visit www.medicare.gov/ for a list of home care agencies and comparisons.
For medical equipment providers in your area, or review surveys done by the government go to: www.medicare.gov/Supplier/.
For additional resources and services visit these sections of our web site:
The Internet offers many sources of information about home care services and how to choose the care that is best for you. Some other web resources include:
A Place for Mom
Free assessment and referral service
National Association of Home Care & Hospice
Seniors Resource Guide
Home Care Association of NJ
How to Choose a Home Care Provider
Visiting Nurse Associations of America