Home health care includes a wide range of health care services provided in your home to maintain or restore your health, promote independence, improve quality of life and avoid unnecessary hospitalization.
Home health care can consist of a range of coordinated therapeutic skilled services that are provided based on your unique needs and goals. Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice has a variety of clinical programs specially designed to meet your needs and to help you remain safe in your home.
Our Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice agency provides care to patients living in Lower Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
Criteria for receiving home health services
- First and foremost there needs to be a reasonable expectation that health care needs can be adequately and safely met by Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice in your home in compliance with regulatory requirements. A “home” may be a house, an apartment, a relative’s home or a personal care/boarding home. Home health care may be provided in some assisted living facilities however a hospital or a skilled nursing facility is not considered a home for the purposes of home health services eligibility.
- Acceptance for home health services is also based on your willingness and ability to safely function in the home environment and/or have a caregiver who is available and willing to participate in your care. In order to receive home health care, you must also be under the care of a doctor who determines you need home health services and who has ordered medically necessary home health services and treatments.
- Medicare, Medicaid and most other insurance companies require that you are homebound while receiving home health services. This means that it takes considerable effort for you to leave your home or that you have a medical condition that confines you to your home. Usually, a person is considered homebound if leaving the home requires the aid of medical equipment such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs, walkers and the use of special transportation, requires the help of another person or is medically unsafe. You may be considered homebound if you leave the home infrequently and with great difficulty for a short amount of time, or if you are leaving the home to receive medical treatment. If you are medically able to drive, you do not meet the homebound requirement.
- Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies also require that you need the skills and care of a Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist or Speech Therapist at the time of admission to home health services. In order to qualify for home health care services, you must need care only on an intermittent (part-time) basis. This means Medicare will not pay for our home health staff to stay with you for an extended period of time. Home health visits are provided for the length of time it takes to provide and instruct you or your caregiver in the specific treatments and medications ordered by your doctor.
- You must choose to receive home heath care services from Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice and consent for treatment must be obtained. Services required must be within the agency’s geographic area, staffing and financial resources. In addition, your environment must be safe for both you and our staff.