Home Health consists of skilled healthcare services provided in the home to treat homebound patients who are suffering from an illness or injury. A physician can prescribe home health care if a patient has a short-term need for skilled nursing care or therapy. Interventions are either curative in nature or deal with preventing exacerbations of chronic disease.
The majority of home health care focuses on:
- helping patients recover from an illness, injury, or surgery
- providing patient and caregiver education
- increasing independence or managing a chronic, ongoing illness (such as heart disease, pulmonary disease, or kidney disease)
A home health nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, medical social worker, and home health aide can help patients and their families meet their home health goals. One or more of these disciplines will be assigned to a patient based on their needs. These services will continue until the patient is able to function independently or until a new baseline is established. Every effort is made to help an individual return to the optimum level of health and self-reliance.
Examples of home health services include:
- Education for the patient and family
- Wound care
- Infusion therapy
- Nutrition therapy
- Monitoring serious illness or unstable health status
- Medication Management
- Pain Management