Senior Citizen's Guide to PIttsburgh 2014 Vol. 1 Winter/Spring - page 24

Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Pittsburgh
Home health provides skilled services, including
nursing care and physical, occupational, speech and
respiratory therapy. The agency will send a licensed
professional to assess home health needs and develop
a complete care plan. These services are usually short-
term, as in the case of a person recovering from surgery
or other health issues.
will cover home health if it is ordered by a
physician and the person is homebound and in need of
skilled services.
A home health care agency employs the healthcare
professionals sent to the home and must be licensed
by the state. Many seek additional accreditation to
assure consumers that they have met quality standards.
Two common accreditations are the Community
Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) and The Joint
Commission (JCAHO).
What’s the cost and is it covered?
Medicare will cover most forms of home health
care if it is ordered by a doctor. Services are usually
covered for a 60-day “episode of care.” However, if an
individual is enrolled in a Medicare HMO, known as a
Medicare Advantage Plan, services are authorized on a
per-visit basis. Be sure when you interview an agency
to ask whether they are certified by Medicare and what
services are covered. Long-term care insurance and
Medigap plans may also cover some costs of a home
health aide.
Aging in Place
with Care at Home
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