What are Skilled Nursing Visits?
- Hands on nursing services provided by a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in a consumer’s home.
- Skilled Nursing Visits are ordered by the consumer’s physician.
- Skilled Nurses observe, assess, and evaluate consumer’s physical and mental state and provide health care training to consumer and family care givers when appropriate.
- Each patient is different, however, a typical Skilled Nurse Visit is 30 min-4 hours per visit depending on physician orders.
Common Skilled Nurse Cares:
Who can provide Skilled Nursing Visits?
- Wound Care requiring sterile procedures
- Medication Set-up
- Medication Dispensing
- Infusion Therapy Injection
- A registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who is employed by a Medicare Certified home care agency.
What are Therapy Services?
- Therapy Services includes Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Speech Therapy. These services are intended to help patients develop and enhance their current physical, occupational, and speech condition.
- Therapy Services can be done in an inpatient setting, outpatient setting, or provided in the comfort of someone’s home by a qualified home care agency.
- All therapy services must be ordered by a physician.
- Physical Therapy – exercise programs developed and implemented by a certified Physical Therapist that help patients restore function, mobility, and overall physical fitness and health.
- Speech Therapy – speech and hearing exercises developed and implemented by a certified Speech Therapist that help patients with speech and language disorders both short and long term.
- Occupational Therapy – activities and exercises developed and implemented by a certified Occupational Therapist that help patients develop their sensory-motor, perceptual, and range of motion functioning so they can perform daily living skills.
Examples of when Therapy Services may be needed:
***Please note that these are just examples. Please consult a physician first to ensure proper orders for Therapy services are prescribed. ***
- Regaining strength after a sports injury.
- Helping someone with arthritis.
- People with amputations that need to learn how to live with their prosthetic.
- Those who have conditions that affect their muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons.
- People who are recovering from a hip or joint replacement.
- Children and adults with developmental delays that need help with fine motor skills.
- People who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and need to relearn daily living skills.
- People that have osteoporosis and need help regaining their mobility.
Who are qualified Therapists?
- A Physical Therapist must be someone who has graduated from a program of physical therapy approved by both the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the American Physical Therapy Association or its equivalent.
- A Speech Therapist is someone who has a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech and Hearing Association.
- An Occupational Therapists is someone who is certified by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy.
- All Therapists must have an up to date license filed with the states they provide services in; each state has different standards and regulations that must be followed by the licensed therapist.
What are Home Health Aides (HHAs)?
- HHAs are individuals that are trained by qualified home care agencies to help consumers with their Activities of Daily Living; including but not limited to transferring, getting out of bed, eating, toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, light housekeeping, etc..
- Under the direction of a licensed health care provider; HHAs follow a specific plan of care assessed by a qualified agency and authorized by the consumer’s physician.
Who can be a Home Health Aide?
- Home Health Aides are individuals that have been hired and trained by a Medicare Certified home care agency.
- Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) can also work as Home Health Aides.
How do people pay for Home Health Services?
- State funded Medicaid and Waiver Programs: Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois
- Private Insurance
- Long term Care Insurance
- Private pay (agency rates will vary)
- Disease Management Groups, e.g., ALS Association
How do you find an agency that provides Home Health Services?
- Contact your county public health nurse to get a list of qualified providers in your area and find out if you qualify for services.
- Talk with Care Managers, Social Workers, Nursing Supervisors, Discharge Planners, or Doctors and Nurses at healthcare facilities.
- Contact a home care agency directly.
- Search the internet for agencies servicing your geographical area.
- Ask people at Health Care related Support Groups.
- Ask professionals at Disease Management Groups, e.g., Alzheimer’s Association.
- Talk with family and friends who have used home care services before.
To find out if you qualify, contact our Customer Service Department today.