What You Should Know
Home health care includes a wide range of medical services that can be given in your home to treat an illness or injury. Examples of skilled home health services include:
- Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
- Patient and caregiver education
- Intravenous or nutrition therapy
- Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
Where possible, home health care helps you get better, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. It may also help you maintain your current condition or level of function and slow your decline.
Doctor’s orders are needed to start home health care. Check your insurance coverage for participating providers and ask about any coverage limitations. Your insurance company or doctor should give you a list of agencies that serve your area. Once your doctor refers you for home health services, the home health agency will schedule and appointment and come to your home to talk to you about your needs and ask you some questions about your health.