The term “home healthcare” covers a wide range of healthcare services that can be given in your home for 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
The goal of home healthcare is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible.
If you get your Medicare benefits through a Medicare health plan, check with your plan to find you how it gives your Medicare-covered home-health benefits. If you have a Medicare Supplement Insurance policy or other health-insurances coverage, tell your doctor or other healthcare provider so your bills get paid correctly.
If your doctor decides you need home healthcare, she should give you a list of agencies that serve your area.