Frequently Asked Questions

What is Home Health Care?

Home Health Care services are provided in the patient's home and are designed specifically for patients who are homebound, meaning that considerable effort or assistance is required for them to get to a doctor's office or other medical facility.  Medical services provided in home health care include skilled nursing, nursing aides, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, IV therapy, medical social work, wound care, rehabilitation, and Diabetes management.

What is Hospice?

Hospice services can also be provided in the patient's home as well as in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  Hospice care is provided for people facing a terminal illness or injury, and involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to each patient's needs and wishes.  Support is provided to the patient' s loved ones as well.  Hospice philosophy is centered around the belief that each of us has the right to die with dignity and free of pain.  Hospice services focus on caring, not curing, and are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness.

Who pays for Home Health Care and Hospice?

Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.