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What is home Palliative Care?
Home Palliative Care provides medical treatment for an illness or injury, with the goal of helping you recover, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. AMHA Palliative Care offers health care services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
What can I expect on the first home Palliative Care visit?
On the first visit, a nurse or therapist will conduct an initial evaluation. At AMHA, this thorough interview and evaluation is part of our coordinated approach to managing your overall health status. Our evaluation focuses on educating you in self-care management and partners with your doctor to promote disease prevention and proactive care – which includes the family or caregivers.
This team approach facilitates an easier transition for you from a hospital or nursing facility to your home, and actively engages you and your caregivers in your health care.
Will AMHA create a care plan just for me or my loved one?
Yes. After your doctor refers you to AMHA Home Palliative Care, an AMHA clinician will come to your home to assess your needs. We will communicate with your doctor to discuss the assessment and work together to develop your personal plan of care. AMHA Home Palliative Care staff will implement your physician-ordered plan of care and keep your doctor updated about your progress. If your condition or needs change, we’ll collaborate with your doctor to review your plan of care and make any adjustments deemed necessary.
How often will my home Palliative Care visits be?
The frequency of home Palliative Care visits and the services provided are based on your doctor’s orders in your personal plan of care. Your doctor may change your plan of care, increasing or decreasing the number of visits or services provided, in order to provide you with the best home palliative care for your needs.
My doctor is ordering home Palliative Care for me; can I request AMHA by name?
Absolutely, and we’d be honored to care for you or your loved one. Federal law gives patients the freedom to choose their health care provider under Medicare.
Who is eligible for home Palliative Care?
There are several requirements for receiving at-home palliative and hospice care:
- You must have a doctor prescribe at-home palliative and hospice care.
- You must need either skilled nursing care on an intermittent basis or therapy services (i.e., physical / occupational / speech therapy)
- You must be restricted in your ability to leave home (“homebound”), and your homebound status must be certified by a physician.
This means that you require the help or supervision of another person, or you use a supportive device such as a cane or walker. You can leave the home as often as you need for medical treatment. You are allowed brief and infrequent absences from the home for some non-medical reasons, such as an occasional trip to the barber/beauty shop or church as an example.
More detailed information about eligibility is available by calling our office for clarification
What does “homebound status” mean?
Essentially, your condition should be such that there exists a “normal inability to leave home” and doing so would require considerable and taxing effort. Generally speaking, you would be considered homebound if you have a condition due to an illness or injury that restricts your ability to leave home without the aid of an assistive device (such as crutches, canes, walkers or wheelchairs), without the assistance of another person, or if leaving the home is medically inadvisable.
You can leave the home as often as you need for medical treatment that cannot be provided in the home. Further, you are allowed brief and infrequent absences from the home for some non-medical reasons, such as an occasional trip to the barber/beauty shop, to attend church, or for unique family events (like a graduation).
Who pays for home Palliative Care services?
If you meet certain eligibility requirements, Medicare and insurances may pay for your covered home palliative care for as long as you’re eligible and your doctor certifies that you need it.
Additionally, your state’s Medicaid program or your private insurance also may cover home palliative care, or some services that Medicare doesn’t cover. Check with your state Medicaid program or insurance company to learn about their specific eligibility requirements.