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What is home health care? Medical services in the patient's residence. Home Care (medical), also known as home health care, are skilled medical services to help adults who are recovering from a... more
What is home health care? Medical services in the patient's residence. Home Care (medical), also known as home health care, are skilled medical services to help adults who are recovering from a hospital or facility stay and need additional medical support in their home. These services cover a variety of health care services that are given in the home for seniors with an illness or injury. Depending on the type of need, these services are provided by nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, home health aides, and medical social workers. This service does not include 24-hour-a-day care at home, meals delivered to your home or personal care services. How do I pay for home health services? To qualify for this service you must get your doctor’s order and be home bound, which essentially means it is extremely difficult for the senior to get around and out of the house. This service is usually covered by insurance such as Medicare, Medicaid or other private health insurances. It is best to review the type of insurance you have with a Home Health Care agency to determine if that insurance is accepted.
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Questions and Answers

Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

You will have to contact an elderlaw attorney to consider filing a guardianship action in probate court where she lives,  You, too, will need to be a resident of the same state as her if you wish to be appointed her legal guardian.

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Vanessa Terzian
Vanessa Terzian
Estate Planning Attorney

From a legal standpoint, you would want to find out if your grandma has a Advance Health Care Directive (AHCD), which is a legal document that names an agent to make medical decisions on her behalf. Depending on how the AHCD is drafted, that agent should have authority to speak to your grandma's... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

My first question to you is, "Do you or a loved one live nearby?" If so, there are several ways to go about this. You can take turns checking in on her. You would have to make a schedule for everyone to follow. I would have to suggest that someone layout all of her meds in a pill box for the... more

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Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Private Fiduciary, Trustee,Conservator, Financial Advisor

YES, a big legal difference! Home health care is a Medicare service, must be provided under Medical orders, supervised by a Registered Nurse, even the nurses aides have to have a license! Home care is an unlicensed service which in many states limits what the home care workers can do (such as... more

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Scot Cheben
Scot Cheben
Senior Advisor

Think about it as medical vs. non-medical needs. Home health care (medical) is skilled medical services to help adults who are recovering from a hospital or facility stay and need additional medical support in their home. The services cover a variety of health care services that are given in the... more

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