November is National Home Care Month — but just what is home care all about?
Coming home from the hospital after surgery or a medical event brings comfort and normalcy, but it can also present some challenges—especially for homebound patients. FMH Home Health provides nursing, rehabilitation and other skilled services to help patients be safe and comfortable in their homes while completing their recovery and regaining their former independence.
Why is Home Care needed?
Home Health picks up where discharge planning at the hospital leaves off. Nurses in the hospital begin the education process with the patient and family regarding medications, nutrition, safety and other considerations, and the Home Health team helps implement those things in the home. Because Home Health staff is actually in the home, they can assess any barriers or potential problems which might compromise a patient’s safety, or limit his or her compliance with the plan of care.
Who is eligible?
In order to qualify for home health services, patients must:
- Have medical necessity: The services of FMH Home Health are classified as “skilled services.” To be eligible for this type of care, the patient’s condition must require nursing services, and/or physical, occupational or speech therapies.
- Have a doctor’s order:We do not create treatment plans.We implement them.When a patient requires skilled services, the doctor writes an order similar to a prescription that allows us to begin care in the home.
- Be homebound: Patients are medically considered homebound when they require “considerable taxing effort and/or assistance to leave home.”
What kinds of services are provided?
We provide skilled services including:
- Medical and Surgical Nursing
- Infusion and Enteral Therapy
- Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
- Maternal-Child Care
- Pediatric Care
- Medical Social Work Services
When are services available?
We are on-call seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Do you think you or someone you know could benefit from FMH Home Health services? Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider, or call our Intake Office at (240) 566-3222, Option 1.