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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. 

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."

Once a provider refers a patient for home healthcare 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 healthcare plan that is both easy and efficient.

You do not have to be diagnosed with a chronic disease to receive home healthcare. 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 email or call 541.274.6293 to arrange for a free consultation.

A typical home healthcare 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 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.

In-home care vs. 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 homebound. 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.

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Contact us

All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a two-hour minimum. To learn more about Sky Lakes Home Health, call 541.274.6293.

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