Is there a home health company that helps provide meals, transportation and electric wheelchairs?
First, refer to an earlier article that discusses the differences between "Home Care" and "Home Healthcare". There is only 1 word that is different but both carry a completely different meaning and how they are paid. Visit...
Most companies specialize in what they do best. So Home Healthcare companies provide skill nurses, OT, PT to help one get better faster. That doesn't mean that they couldn't help with other things like meals and transportation, but most likely they don't (so just ask them). You are going to have to rely on other resources to assist with these other things like transportation, meals etc. Let's take "transportation" for instance. There are several types of transportation. You have emergency, medical and non-medical transportation. Emergency transportation is for 911 situations. Medical transportation provides a specialized vehicle. If you are confined to a wheelchair, they will have a mechanical lift to get you in and out of the vehicle safely. Non-medical transportation could be provided by a home care company that offers a caregiver to take you to your appointments in their car or your car.
Meals can be provided by meals on wheels, church communities or a home care company. Home care companies provide the caregiver to come to your home and make the meals for you right in the home. As for electric wheelchairs, these are expensive. Insurance companies on very rare situations provide these. Did I say "very rare"? There are nonprofit organizations out there that loan medical equipment for in-home use. They work on donations. The Convalescent Aid Society services the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles. You can find them on their website http://cas1.org/wp/services/ to see if they are in your area. Some churches offer the same type services.
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It sounds like you might be looking for a home care company vs. a home heath care company. Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given 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).
Examples of skilled home health services include:
Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound
Patient and caregiver education
Intravenous or nutrition therapy
Monitoring serious illness and unstable health status
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.
Home Care services include: Grooming Assistance* Dressing Assistance* Walking Assistance* Meal Preparation/Diet monitoring. Light Housekeeping. Errands and Shopping. Medication Reminders.
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No, electric wheel chairs are called Durable Medical Equipment and are a specialty item provided by a specialized equipment company or a pharmacy. Home health care is a Medicare service, and does not transport or cook meals, only private duty home care does transport or cooking.
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