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What is Home Health?
Home Health Care is an alternative to hospital or nursing home care for thousands of patients experiencing acute or chronic illness, injury or post-surgical recovery.

         

Home Health agencies provide a broad spectrum of skilled health care and support services under specific orders from the patient’s physician.  Services include intravenous antibiotic and other drug therapy, incision and wound care, tube feeding, diabetic instruction, nursing coordination, physical and occupational therapy and supportive care. Patients also receive instruction and assistance in learning to manage their disease and health care needs. 

In many instances, advanced medical technology, coupled with the support of Home Health professionals, allows patients to receive intensive levels of care in their own homes at a fraction of the cost of other care settings.  In most cases, Medicare or Medicaid covers the costs associated with home health care.  Services that are not covered by Medicare may be covered under Private Insurance plans.    


A Cost Effective Alternative-Home Health Care:

  •  Keeps families together - at home
  • Promote a patient's sense of independence
  • Reduces re-hospitalization
  • Provides patients with a less stressful environment than institutionalization
  • Offers personalized care tailored to each individual
  • Prevents or postpones institutionalization
  • Is less expensive than other forms of health care 

 

Who Receives the Care?

 Home Health Care is available for patients that have an acute or chronic illness, an injury or are in need of post-surgical recovery.  To be eligible under Medicare, patients must be "home-bound” which means they cannot leave their home without a taxing effort.  

 

Who Provides the Care?

Home Health Care is provided by medical practice groups commonly referred to as a Home Health Agency.  The agency employs Nurses, Therapists, Social Workers and other professional care givers who treat and care for the patient according to the medical orders that the patient’s physician has written.  Under Arizona state law, any company providing medical care must be licensed through the Department of Health Services. A list of home health agencies may be found at www.azdhs.gov.  

 

Patients and Families have the right to choose the home health care provider that they consider best meets their needs.  The Arizona Association for Home Care (AAHC) has a variety of resources available to assist in selecting a provider, including a Member Directory.  Provider Members of the Arizona Association for Home Care are licensed by the State of Arizona and most are Medicare-Certified.  The directory is available online at www.azhomecare.org or through the AAHC Office at (480) 491-0540 or info@azhomecare.org.

 

What Services are Available?

Home Health agencies offer Core Medical Services, some agencies also provide additional services such as companion care. 

Nursing: A licensed nurse, along with the patient’s physician, develop a plan of care and treatment, work to involve the patient and their family in the care plan and coordinate other services provided by the agency. 

Home Health Aide: Home Health aides work under the supervision of the nurse or therapist to assist with daily routines, such as bathing and dressing. 

Physical Therapy:  A physical therapist provides assistance in regaining flexibility, mobility and balance.

 Occupational Therapy: The occupational therapist helps the patient return to the routine of daily living by providing instruction in self-care (dressing and bathing), home skills, and learning to live more fully with their disability.

Speech-Language Pathology: The speech-language pathologist helps with speech, hearing, swallowing and cognitive problems.

 Medical Social Work: The social worker can assist with solving personal, family, work, financial, and other problems that may occur as a result of a patient’s illness or disability.

 

Home Care Advantage

With a Home Health Care team providing professional health care services prescribed by a physician, patients receive individual attention from health care professionals as well as the familiarity and comfort of home and the nurturing and support of loving family members and friends

 

What Patients say About Home Health Care 

 "Recently my husband was in an accident that left him paralyzed. He was hospitalized for nine months after the accident and wanted desperately to be at home with our family. Home Health Care has made it possible for my husband to receive professional medical treatment in our home. I cannot emphasize enough how important Home Health Care is – it has kept our family together – at home.”

                                                                                                                               Carmella D., Northern AZ

 

"When father was ill, the last place he wanted to be was in the hospital. Home Health Care was a lifesaver for both of us. He recovered in the comfort of his own home and I rested easy knowing that he was receiving professional treatment.”                                                                                            

Alice M., Scottsdale, AZ  

 

"After a few days of hospitalization, I could not wait to get back home where everything made sense. When my doctor told me I would be eligible for treatment at home, I was thrilled. Home Health Care was a perfect fit for me.”                                                                                                

Ruth B., Phoenix, AZ

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