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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Home Care FAQs 

How do I get home health care services or make a referral?

  • Anyone can make a request for home health care services.  Just simply call and ask to speak to our intake team to make this referral.  Patient’s information to have ready:
    • Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Address/Phone Number
    • Social Security Number (if available)
    • Insurance Information (if available)
    • Physician’s Name
    • Basic reason for referral

How are home health care services paid for?

  • In addition to accepting Medicare and Medicaid, we are also able to work with most private insurance companies
  • Patients can also pay privately for services not covered by insurance

Who is eligible for home health care services? 

  • People who are discharged from a hospital, skilled nursing or rehab facility but not yet fully recovered
  • People with an illness, injury, recent surgery or other condition that makes it difficult to manage at home
  • People who need assistance with activities of daily living
  • People who have had a knee or hip replaced
  • People with wounds, pneumonia, congestive heart failure or pulmonary disease
  • People with a terminal illness
  • Call our agency (860) 379-8561 to inquire about your need for service

Hospice FAQ's:

How is Hospice paid for?

Hospice is a benefit under Medicare Part A through the Medicare Hospice Benefit
and is also covered by Medicaid and many private insurances.

What services are covered under the Medicare/Medicaid Hospice Benefit?

Physician services – by the patient’s personal physician or a hospice physician
Home care visits by Registered Nurses or LPN’s
Home health aide services
Social work services
Physical, occupational and speech therapies
Spiritual support for the patient and family
Medical equipment (i.e. hospital beds, etc.)
Medical supplies
Drugs for pain and symptom control
Inpatient care, when necessary, in a hospital or nursing home
Volunteer services
Family bereavement counseling and support for 12 months after the person’s death

Who is eligible for hospice care?

Hospice care is provided to patients with any life-limiting illness such as:
Cancer
Heart disease
Kidney disease
Liver disease
Lung disease
Stroke and/or coma
Neurological diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia)
Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
AIDS
Multiple organ system failure

When does hospice care become appropriate?

Hospice care becomes appropriate when the patient’s primary care physician and the Hospice Medical Director determine that the patient has a life-limiting illness or condition. The patient and family then can decide whether the patient wishes to enter a hospice program.

How long can a patient receive hospice care?

Hospice care can be provided as long as the person is certified as having a six month life expectancy by their personal physician and the hospice physician. The hospice team continually assesses the person’s condition and, with the doctors, can recertify the person as appropriate for hospice for additional 90 and 60 day periods. The Medicare/Medicaid Hospice Benefit is an unlimited benefit.

 

 

 


Foothills Visiting Nurse & Home Care, Inc.
32 Union Street Winsted, CT 06098
Phone: (860) 379-8561
Fax: (860) 738-7479
Email: homecare@foothillsvna.org

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