Home Health

Home health provides quality care in the comfort of your own home. 

If you or your loved one has recently experienced an injury or illness, Sky Lakes Home Health can help shorten your hospital stay by relocating therapy to your home during your healing time and even help you avoid hospitalization.

Home Health also works with disabled individuals and those who suffer from debilitating injuries or from more chronic symptoms. Home health care is tailored to meet a variety of needs. 

Our skilled and compassionate nurses, therapists, and aides are trained to help you regain your independence.Clinicians work one-on-one with the individual, family members and caregivers, making Home Health a viable and professional health care option.

Depending on the availability of the staff on a given day, we aspire to provide the same team of home health caregivers in order to build a more intimate rapport that benefits patients’ needs. 

Research shows that when patients are able to recover in the privacy of their home, they heal faster and have a more pleasant experience. 

Being able to stay close to family, friends and pets, and sleeping in your own bed makes home health care a viable and stress-free option that allows nurses to more effectively treat and monitor changes in the patient’s condition. It’s an ideal alternative to the hospital environment.

For many patients home health care serves as a relief. Nothing is more assuring than having a trained and skilled registered nurse on hand to help decipher symptoms and conditions before more serious or disabling situations arise.

Home Health can be the ultimate preventive care. 

Here’s how it works:

Home Health is a benefit provided by traditional Medicare at no additional charge if the patient is identified as being “home-bound.” According to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, this translates as “difficult and taxing to leave your home.” 

Patients who are interested in having in home care and are unsure if they are eligible, we will contact their provider for them. 

Once a provider refers a patient for home health care services, we will provide the skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.  Typically, a registered nurse will arrive at the home within 48 hours.

Paperwork is then completed with the patient as well as a thorough physical exam and medication review.  

One of our nurses will do the admission, coordinating with the patient the optimal home health care plan that is both easy and efficient.

Together, they decide which days and times are most convenient for the patient to receive home health care services. The care team consists of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, medical social workers and home care aids. 

You do not have to be diagnosed with a chronic disease to receive home health care. If you are a patient who has had a joint replacement, is slow to recover, or can’t leave home because of snow or icy weather conditions, you fall into the “homebound” status. 

All you have to do is contact Sky Lakes Home Health by e-mail or call 541.274.6293 to arrange for a free consultation.

A typical home health care visit lasts one hour with two to three visits per week depending on the diagnosis. There is no formula. Visits are flexible to fit the patient’s needs. 

If there is any health issue or change in the patient’s condition, home health care specialists immediately contact the doctor; any new orders or changes dictated by the physician are then facilitated by the nurses in the comfort of the home – including all labs.  

Drawn labs are then taken to the hospital to be processed while the patient remains at home. 

In situations where home health care services provide tests, those results come in immediately, and our caregivers will call the provider from the patient’s home to make the necessary and immediate adjustments.  

Medication management is one of the most beneficial aspects of Home Health. 

For patients suffering from such conditions as congestive heart failure, diabetes, cancer and wound care (the top four conditions Home Health serves) receiving in-home care can be less stressful and less expensive than being in an institutional setting.  

In addition, the familiar environment fosters a patient-caregiver relationship, which promotes healing. 

By alerting physicians to minor changes in conditions or symptoms, Home Health can prevent deterioration of the disease or the symptoms, keeping people out of the emergency room and in their own home. 

Often patients are not able to clearly identify or explain their symptoms to a doctor over the phone. Having a licensed nurse with access to the patient’s electronic file helps clarify the patient’s symptoms, especially if the files are not readily available to the physician. This can help the patient with potentially confusing medication adjustments and doses. 

Home Health brings the education and training of a registered nurse into the home to help patients decipher their symptoms.

Home Health builds trust through personal familiarity around a patient’s health to provide optimal care. 

Our Home Health nurses have experience in acute care settings such as hospitals. This is vital to the caregiver’s role as they work independently, often making decisions without having additional feedback. 

If the patient qualifies as being homebound, the services are 100 percent covered by Medicare. Home Health also works with all of the major insurance companies. Depending on the type of your insurance, there might be a co-pay. 

Home Health consists of highly trained and compassionate nurses, therapists, and aides, who are all CPR certified. 

Medicare and private insurance cover:

  • Nursing – for procedures such as wound care, catheter care, and education on disease management/prevention, medication, diet, and self-monitoring techniques.
  • Therapy – physical therapy and speech therapy for rehabilitation, home exercise programs and home safety evaluations.
  • Occupational therapy – assistance with ADL’s (activities of daily living), assistive devices.
  • Home care aides – for personal care.
  • Medical social work – for community resources, economic and emotional problems.

The private division – In-Home Care versus Home Health.

Private Duty, also called personal support, is not covered by Medicare so clients who wish to stay in their own homes pay privately for the services including assistance with bathing, dressing, feeding and personal hygiene. (Some long term insurances may pay for this service. Check with your agent.) 

Private care does not require a referral. You do not need to be home bound. Caregivers are unlicensed; no doctor is needed.  You just need to call our office to receive in home care.

In home care plans that are customized to meet the individual needs:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Shopping
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication management – reminders, assistance, administration
  • Respite for caregivers  – When family members need to go out of town or visit family, we will send a caregiver over to spend the night with the patient so the family knows the patient is not alone. Respite care comes from individuals who are passionate about their work. They are unlicensed. Call for current rates and terms.
  • Flexible scheduling for all services
  • Around-the-clock nursing consultation

All services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a 2-hour minimum.

To learn more about Sky Lakes Home Health view our Home Health Care FAQ or call 541.274.6293.



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