When you or a family member are leaving the hospital, things can get hectic, especially if you still need care. Most people know that extra help is available after discharge, they just don’t know what kind of services are available, or how to even begin the process of receiving those services.
Our home health section gets calls daily asking a multitude of questions. To clear things up, I am going to answer the questions we’re asked most frequently. Even if you don’t need home health services right now, this information could prove useful in the future for you or even a family member.
The question we’re asked most frequently is, “how do I sign up for home health services?” Your first step is to have your doctor refer you to our agency.
Most of the time when your physician tells you they are referring you for home health, they will ask if you prefer a certain agency. Make sure you tell them you want to be referred to us and we’ll handle the rest.
The next question we’re asked most is, “how do I know if I qualify for home health services?” People who are homebound and require on-going care that cannot be easily or effectively provided by family or friends meet the requirements for home health services. And no, being “homebound” doesn’t mean you can’t leave your house. Being “homebound” simply means it takes a taxing effort to leave your home.
Once people know if they qualify, they want to know what kind of services they could receive. Here at the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department, we offer skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and home health aide services. We are currently taking referrals for all services.
After we tell people of our services, they ask “will my insurance pay for this?” Well, all insurances are different. Some insurances will pay for home health services within a time frame, while others will only pay for a certain number of visits. To know your home health coverage, we recommend calling your insurance company for details.
If you have more questions, our friendly home health staff would be happy to answer them. Call the office at 304-265-1288 or visit our website at www.GTCHDWV.org for more information.