Nothing helps a patient heal better than being home, surrounded with personal belongings, familiar objects, friends, family, and pets. Home healthcare can help patients heal faster because they have peace of mind. No hospital stress or worrying about what’s happening at home.
Furthermore, when a patient is healing at home, friends and family don’t have to make time to travel to/from visiting a hospital or nursing home during scheduled hours, so home healthcare benefits friends and family as well.
The Need for Healthcare at Home
The limits insurance carriers place on paying medical bills has resulted in significantly shortened hospital stays.
The solution: Teams of professional skilled healthcare workers who attend to the patient’s needs at home.
And what better way to have healthcare at home than with a team from the same hospital from which you were discharged? No one will enable greater coordination between home and hospital, and no one will better understand your needs than your own hospital’s home healthcare staff.
Skilled healthcare at home is an integral part of the changing healing process. But it’s not a silver bullet: The patient’s physician must write a prescription for specific, experienced, professional home healthcare to treat each specific patient need, so insurance providers, including Medicare, pay the bill – or at least a substantial portion of it.
Be sure to check with your insurance carrier before making home healthcare arrangements, just to confirm what they’ll pay and how much you, or the patient, are responsible for, if any.
AtlantiCare offers a very special program for our friends 55 and better, called Healthy Rewards. Membership in this program entitles you to a wide array of benefits designed to keep you healthy, both physically and financially. You will periodically receive information about health and wellness for seniors, information about AtlantiCare’s programs and services that may be of interest to you, and invitations to free health screenings and educational programs on a variety of senior health topics, presented by the AtlantiCare experts you trust. In addition, many local businesses and national merchants have partnered with AtlantiCare in the Healthy Rewards Program by offering you special discounts or services.
MYTH: HOME CARE IS ONLY FOR OLDER PEOPLE
FALSE! Home care is for anyone who needs it, from new mothers to people in life-changing situations:
MYTH: HOME CARE IS EXPENSIVE AND ONLY WEALTHY PEOPLE CAN AFFORD IT.
FALSE! There are several ways to get needed home care. New programs are constantly being developed for people who don’t have medical insurance, or whose medical benefits have been exhausted.
MYTH: HOME CARE IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO HOSPITALS OR NURSING HOMES
FALSE! Home care provided by professional caregivers often supplement s other care arrangements and enable patients who need it to get care.
MYTH: LONGTERM CARE EXISTS ONLY IN NURSING HOMES
FALSE! Most seniors prefer to live out their lives in their own homes. Some require medical assistance, which is available through local sources, but a lot of required elder help is non-medical, obtained through local sources, and helpful friends and neighbors.
MYTH: HOMECARE SOLVES ALL MEDICAL ISSUES
FALSE! In many cases, a home healthcare nurses instructs a family member – or members – on how to care for patients. She’ll also provide family members with a list of community groups that are available to help them, either free of charge, or at nominal cost.
MYTH: THE ONLY SOLUTION FOR PEOPLE AFFLICTED WITH ALZHEIMER’S IS FOR A FAMILY MEMBER TO STAY HOME AND CONSTANTLY KEEP WATCH OVER THEM
FALSE! There are several care options available other than home care. Consider special assisted living facilities. Some are specially equipped to care for Alzheimer’s patients. Such places should place special emphasis on:
Consider a local adult day care facility that has special facilities for patients with dementia or progressive Alzheimer’s Disease.
Tele-monitoring is opening up a whole new world in the advancement of home healthcare! The device, worn by the patient, transmits instant remote patient diagnoses, and changes in vital signs to appropriate medical staff members at the hospital.
Doctors, nurses and technicians there are able to immediately detect changing signs that may spell danger, and to intervene in time with appropriate medical action.
Tele-monitoring increases quality of home care while reducing its costs.
Home monitoring is used for managing a variety of health conditions, such as:
Patients with different conditions wear different types of monitors, all physician-prescribed.
MYTH: HOSPICE CARE IS ONLY FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE RAPIDLY APPROACHING DEATH.
FACT: An early referral to the AtlantiCare's Hospice Program gives patients and their families the opportunity to fully benefit from its services.
MYTH: HOSPICE CARE IS ONLY FOR PATIENTS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.
FACT: AtlantiCare's hospice program is for patients and their families during any life-limiting disease.
MYTH: HOSPICE CARE IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO CARRY PRIVATE INSURANCE.
FACT: Hospice care is for everyone regardless of ability to pay. Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, local and community groups, as well as many faith-based organizations.
MYTH: HOSPICE CARE IS THE SAME AS HOME HEALTH CARE.
FACT: Hospice is totally different in that hospice staff is specially trained in providing…
support to families. Grief support is provided after the patient’s death.
MYTH: HOSPICE PATIENTS MUST BE AT HOME.
FACT: Patients don’t have to be at home to receive hospice services. Hospice encourages patients to be as active as possible and to live life to the fullest every possible moment.
MYTH: HOSPICE SERVICES STOP WHEN THE PATIENT DIES.
FACT: Hospice provides free grief support to families for a year or longer after the patient’s death.
MYTH: HOSPICE IS A SPECIAL FACLITY.
FACT: Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives:
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