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Home health

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.

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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 healthcare option.

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

How it works

Home health is a benefit provided by traditional Medicare at no additional charge, if the patient is identified as being "homebound." According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, this translates as "difficult and taxing to leave your home, or requiring the need of an assistive device: walker, wheelchair, cane, or requiring the assistance of another person in order to leave your home."

Once a provider refers a patient for home healthcare services, we will provide the skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. The admitting clinician will contact you to arrange your initial visit. 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 healthcare plan that is both easy and efficient.

All you have to do is contact Sky Lakes Home Health at 541.274.6293.

If there is any health issue or change in the patient's condition, home healthcare 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.

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.

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.

Health insurance

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.

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 ADLs (activities of daily living), assistive devices.
  • Home care aides—for personal care.
  • Medical social work—for community resources and economic and emotional problems.

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