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Home Health FAQ in Louisiana

What is home health care?

Home health care refers to any type of medical care that is provided to the patient in their home. It generally includes assisting persons who are recovering from surgery, illness or injury. Those who are disabled or chronically ill; persons diagnosed with a terminal illness who wish to continue curative treatments such as chemotherapy, dialysis, or radiation; and those who require therapeutic treatment and/or assistance with the essential activities of daily living (ADL’s).

Concepts of Care provides services for Home Health Care in Lafayette, LA, including skilled nursing care, home aide services, physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as medical social services.

How often will my home health care visits be?

The frequency of home health care visits and the services provided are based on physician orders and your personal plan of care completed upon initial home admission assessment. 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.

What can I expect on the first Concepts of Care Home Health visit?

There are several requirements for receiving home health care:

  • You must have a doctor prescribe home health care
  • You must need either skilled nursing care on an intermittent basis or therapy services
  • You must be restricted in your ability to leave home and your homebound status must be certified by a physician. This means that you require the help or supervision of another person, or you use a supportive device such as a cane or walker. You can leave the home as often as you need for medical treatment. 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, grocery or pharmacy.
Why choose home health care?

Home health care is delivered in the home and permits the patient to live independently in the privacy and comfort of their own home. Home Health care is particularly important in times of illness or recuperation from a hospital stay, when families desire to be near one another for support and can provide an alternative to premature admission to a long term care facility. Since most people would prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible, home health care can provide a level of service that is customized to the client’s needs. Because care is provided in the home, many risks, such as infection, are eliminated or minimized, thus promoting quicker and safer healing. Patients at home can remain active in their customary daily routines while receiving one on one care and attention, monitored by their own physician. Home care is less expensive than other forms of care and is the preferred form of care.

Can I choose the home health care agency I would like to use?

Patients have the right to choose the provider they desire according to each individual’s Bill of Rights.

How do I arrange for home health care services?

Home health care services are usually recommended by your physician or by a social worker or discharge planner at the hospital if you are being discharged from a hospital stay. These individuals will generally initiate your referral to a recommended agency; however, the patient has the right to request an agency of their choosing. You may contact Concepts of Care Home Health at any time and ask for assistance in starting services.

It is your right to be cared for by the home health agency of your choice. Please ask your physician’s office to Contact Us.