Home health allows patients to receive the most effective and up-to-date medical treatments in the home setting. Patients and their families are able to retain control of their environments and be actively involved in their own care while attaining their optimum level of health.
Whether or not a person qualifies for home health services depends on the payer source. Usually the patient must:
Home health care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. AT Home Care is happy to help you determine your benefits related to home health.
No. Your personal physician will order home health and remain in charge of your medical care. The home health care team will communicate with your physician on an ongoing basis to ensure that you are receiving the most appropriate care and that your particular needs are being met.
Home health services are delivered on an intermittent basis. Visits are scheduled to respond patient needs and preferences. Since care is designed to optimize patient wellness and independence, visits are usually more frequent at first, and taper off as the patient regains health.
Home health care can begin as soon as the patient’s doctor makes a formal request or referral. A Home Care representative will then make an effort to visit the patient within 24 hours of receiving the referral, as long as the visit meets the schedule and needs of the patient, family and/or primary caregiver.
Yes. State and federal reviewers inspect home health agencies periodically. In order to provide care and maintain their operating license, home health agencies must meet state regulatory standards and licensure requirements. Home health agencies must also comply with federal regulations in order to be approved for reimbursement under Medicare.
Serenity Homecare makes it easy to receive care, no matter where you or your loved one may be. To arrange your loved one’s care plan, simply contact us at (318) 253-9988 Together, we will arrange a customized care schedule for your parent.
Aftercare services begin, we will provide you with regular updates on your loved one’s condition and activities so you can rest easy knowing he or she is good hands.
Hospice is an approach to care that addresses the specific needs of individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness and require end-of-life care. Care focuses on quality rather than quantity of life. The goal is to optimize comfort and dignity during a person’s final days.
Many families choose hospice care when a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness. We recommend discussing care options with your loved one’s physician. If the physician believes that hospice care is the right choice, he or she will provide a referral. Our Hospice staff is also available to speak with you about care options, and to coordinate care with your loved one’s physician. If a patient does not have a physician, we can provide a referral.
Hospice care can be provided in a variety of health care settings. Hospice provides services in the patient’s home, allowing the patient to be in a comfortable and familiar setting while receiving state-of-the art care.
Everyone wants to think that they'll have a little more time with their aging family members. It's hard to think about losing someone you love, so a lot of families tend to put off talking about end-of-life care. Having an open and honest conversation with your loved one about their wishes for care is important, and having that conversation early is imperative to providing them with the best quality of life.
Many families call hospice too late, when their loved one is in their final days or weeks, not realizing they could have started receiving specialized care and medications, equipment and supplies to help their loved one much earlier.
If you are asking yourself when to start hospice care, there's a good chance that now is the right time. Even if your loved one isn't eligible for hospice right now, gathering information to educate yourself on when to start hospice care will help you be prepared in the future.
Most health plans cover hospice, including Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Even when a patient doesn’t have insurance.
No. We want our patients to feel as comfortable and secure as possible, so we do all we can to allow them to continue seeing their current physician. AT Home Hospice staff will partner with the patient’s primary care doctor to coordinate care.
Our Hospice staff works closely with patients, families and physicians to create personalized care plans based on patient needs. Our team of health care professionals will schedule visits and care according to that plan. We also provide all medication, equipment, and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis. Our staff is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies, answer questions and offer support.
Hospice care can begin as soon as the patient’s doctor makes a formal request or referral. An AT Home Hospice representative will then make an effort to visit the patient within 24 hours of receiving the referral, as long as the visit meets the schedule and needs of the patient, family and/or primary caregiver.
Every hospice patient has access to our Home Hospice’s interdisciplinary team. This team consists of a medical director, registered nurse, social worker, hospice aide, volunteer and chaplain. The interdisciplinary team writes a care plan with the patient and family that is based on patient and family needs and will be adjusted as the patient’s condition changes.
Our care team receives special training in the treatment of physical and emotional symptoms that cause pain, discomfort and distress. We utilize the most effective tools and resources available to effectively control symptoms and promote well-being. Our care team works together to ensure that we are responsive to the patient’s symptoms and that treatments are updated as the needs of the patient change.
Do state and federal reviewers inspect and evaluate hospices?
Yes. State and federal reviewers inspect hospices periodically. In order to provide care and maintain their operating license, hospice programs must meet state regulatory standards and licensure requirements. Hospices must also comply with federal regulations in order to be approved for reimbursement under Medicare.
I don't live in close proximity to my parent. Can I still arrange care?
Serenity Homecare makes it easy to receive care, no matter where you or your loved one may be. To arrange your loved one’s care plan, simply contact us at (318) 253-9988 Together, we will arrange a customized care schedule for your parent. Aftercare services begin, we will provide you with regular updates on your loved one’s condition and activities so you can rest easy knowing he or she is good hands.