What is Home Health?

About Home Health Care
Home health care is skilled care provided in a home setting that provides continuing treatment for an injury or illness. Jefferson County Home Health delivers services to individuals in their homes anywhere in Jefferson County and neighboring communities.

Home health is initiated via physician referral when the physician deems it necessary that a skilled service is needed. There must be the need of a complex service that can only be provided safely and effectively by a skilled person such as a registered nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or a speech therapist. When possible, our team will teach you or your care giver how to perform these services.

Our expertise includes but is not limited to:
  • Arthritis and joint disorders
  • Diabetes education / management
  • Geriatrics and palliative care
  • Pain pumps
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Therapy
  • Tube feedings
  • Wound care

Homebound Patients
Most insurance providers, including Medicare, require patients to be homebound. The definitions of homebound include:
  • A normal inability to leave home
  • A considerable and taxing effort to leave home
  • Absences from the home are infrequent, of short duration, or only to receive medical care

Improvement Goals
All care provided under the home health benefit is under the direct orders and supervision of your physician. To accomplish the care needed we will ask you to help set goals for your care and how to reach the outcomes you desire. A minimum of every two months a comprehensive update of your care and response to that care will be sent to your physician. They will then issue a new plan of care for treatment. Your input is necessary in the goal-setting and care-planning.

The home health program is designed to assist clients with health problems that can be made better. Conditions that will never improve, no matter how incapacitating they may be, are not considered treatable through the Home Care Medicare Benefit. Our care, many times, is an extension of the care you would receive in the hospital. Just as hospitals are unable to care for patients for an indefinite period of time, Medicare puts the same restrictions on home health care. Your nurse will discuss with you the expected length of your home health benefit during the goal-setting and planning of care.

More Information
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