Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be provided in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). The goal of home health care is to treat an illness or injury. Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.
Range of services that Hospice and Care of Juneau provides:
Skilled Nursing services by a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Medical Social Work
Examples of skilled home health services include:
Skilled nursing assessments and treatment following surgery or hospitalization
Wound care and skin assessments
Patient and caregiver education
PICC line dressing changes and site inspection
Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
Personal care assistance with bathing and showering
Physical therapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy
What should I expect from my home health care?
Doctor’s orders are needed to start care. Once your doctor refers you for home health services, the home health agency will schedule an appointment and come to your home to talk to you about your needs and ask you some questions about your health.
The home health agency staff will also talk to your doctor about your care and keep your doctor updated about your progress.
It’s important that home health staff see you as often as the doctor ordered.
NOTE: The services must be ordered by a local physician, and may be paid for either by the patient or patient's family, or in many cases by an insurance company. If an insurance company is billed, the patient must meet the definition of "homebound" as established by the insurance company.
Examples of what the home health staff should do include:
Check what you’re eating and drinking
Check your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing
Check that you’re taking your prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly
Ask if you’re having pain
Check your safety in the home
Teach you about your care so you can take care of yourself
Coordinate your care. This means they must communicate regularly with you, your doctor, and anyone else who gives you care
How are Home Care services paid for? Hospice and Home Care of Juneau (HHCJ) is a Medicare certified Home Health agency. HHCJ will bill all eligible insurances including Medicare, Medicaid, VA, private insurance. No one needing Hospice care is turned away because of inability to pay.