Home Health FAQs


    Home Health


  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionWhat is home health care?

    Home health care provides skilled services for an illness or injury, wherever you call home with the goal of helping you recover, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. More than just providing excellent care in your home, home health care also saves billions of dollars each year in providing these services outside of expensive facilities. Amedisys Home Health Care offers health care services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, nutrition services, etc. We also offer specialized clinical programs that focus on empowering you to manage your own illness and make good decisions.

    We specialize in treating acute as well as chronic conditions including:

    • heart disease
    • diabetes
    • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • chronic kidney disease
    • recovery from surgery or illness
    • other illnesses and conditions

    You receive the services you need based on a plan of care, which is an individual plan developed by your doctor with our clinical team. Services may include:

    • nursing care
    • therapy
    • pain management
    • medication management
    • wound care
    • infusion therapy
    • psychiatric services

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionWhat can I expect on the first home health care visit?

    On the first visit, a nurse or therapist will conduct an initial assessment. At Amedisys, this thorough interview and professional assessment is part of our coordinated approach to managing your overall health status. Our assessment focuses on identifying areas where you may benefit from education in self-care management and partners with your doctor to promote disease prevention, in addition, to providing hands-on intervention – which includes the family or caregivers.

    This team approach helps to make the transition from a hospital or nursing facility to your home much easier, and actively engages you and your caregivers in your health care.

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionWill Amedisys create a care plan just for me or my loved one?

    Yes. An Amedisys clinician will come to your home to assess your needs. You will be included in the care planning process and we will communicate with your doctor to discuss the assessment, your goals and work together to develop your personal plan of care. Amedisys Home Health 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.

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionHow often will my home health care visits be?

    The frequency and type of home health visits and the services provided are based on 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 health care for your needs.

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionMy doctor is ordering home health care for me; can I request Amedisys 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. 

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionDoes Amedisys have a home health care center near me?

    Amedisys is one of the nation’s largest home health and hospice care providers, with over 300 care centers nationwide. To search for the Amedisys location in your community, please visit our care center directory.

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionWho is eligible for home health care?

    There are several requirements for receiving home health care under the Medicare Benefit:

    • You must have a doctor prescribe home health care
    • You must need either skilled nursing care or therapy on an intermittent basis (i.e., physical/occupational/speech therapy)
    • You must be considered “homebound” (see below)

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionWhat does “homebound” mean?

    Essentially, your condition is such that you’re normally unable to safely leave your home without the assistance of others and the aid of assistive devices (such as crutches, canes, walkers or wheelchairs), and that doing so would require considerable and taxing effort.

    You can generally leave home as often as you need for medical treatment that cannot be provided in the home and still be considered homebound. 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).

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionWho pays for home health care services?

    Provided you meet eligibility requirements, Medicare may pay for your covered home health 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 health 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.

    Our staff is happy to help determine whether you meet coverage criteria. To learn more, contact a care center near you.  

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionWhat qualifies as a “home” when home health care is being considered?

    Your residence is wherever you call home. This may be your house, an apartment, a relative’s home, a senior community, or some other type of institution. However, a hospital, skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility is not considered a “home”.

  • Active QuestionInactive QuestionWhat’s the difference between home health care, hospice care and personal care?

    Home health care provides skilled clinical treatment for an illness or injury, with the goal of helping you recover, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. Home health care can also help you live with a chronic condition, like heart disease, COPD, or diabetes. Additionally, home health care can include some personal care services, like help bathing and dressing, as part of the plan of care ordered by your doctor.

    Hospice care is designed to provide non-curative treatment and comfort for those who are facing a life-limiting illness. It offers a support system of medical, social, psychological, bereavement and spiritual services that support a patient, their family, and other loved ones.

    Personal care services' aides provide help with personal care, meal preparation or your normal activities of daily living in order to remain independent within your home.

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