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Home CareToday, there are a wide range of health care services that can be provided in the home. This means that more people can remain in the comfort of their home while they are recovering from a hospital stay or if they just need some additional assistance and support to continue to live independently.

Home care is typically less expensive and more convenient. According to national surveys, it’s what most people say they would choose if they needed additional help.

Through our trained health care professionals, Interim provides a variety of home care services. We work directly with you, your family and often a team of other health care professionals to make sure your needs are met.

Trusted by physicians across the country as a highly respected leader of home care services, we bring peace of mind to family members who don’t always live in the community. They know their loved one is being taken care of and looked after by our competent, caring staff.

If you or your loved one needs home care assistance, please contact us for more information.
 

Take a minute to explore the Who, What, Why, How, and Where of our Home Health Care to determine how we can assist in you or your loved ones healing at home.


Who Might Benefit from Home Health Care?
What Services will Home Health Care Provide?
Why Choose Interim for Personal Care and Support Services?
How do I Access Interim’s Home Health Care Services?
Where can I Receive Home Health Care Services?













 


Who Might Benefit from Home Health Care?


 

Patients who would benefit from home health services are those that have
a medical condition.  This includes:

  • People with Chronic Diseases (whose condition is unstable)

    • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    • Diabetes

    • Coronary Artery Disease

    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

  • People being discharged from a facility

  • Hospital

  • Rehab facility

  • Nursing home

  • Emergency room

  • People who’ve been prescribed new medications or difficulties keeping track of medications

  • Patients with a new diagnosis

  • Patients who have open wounds (tears in skin from surgery or pressure ulcers)

  • Those where there are home safety concerns

  • Those who are at risk for falls

  • Poor balance

  • Difficulty walking

  • Difficulty in moving from bed to chair, in and out of bath

  • Patients who suffer with chronic pain










What Services will Home Health Care Provide?


 

Home Health services are quite specific, but can be organized into three categories:


EDUCATION:

The goal of home health professionals is to equip the patient and family to manage their condition safely and effectively on their own.  Education is a key part, and includes:

  • Understanding your disease or condition.

  • Understanding what makes it worse or better and how to recognize when things are getting worse.

  • Knowing what to do when your condition worsens:  What medications to take, what activity to do or to avoid, when to call the doctor, when to go to the hospital

  • Understanding your medications:  right drug, right amount, right time

  • Knowing how to communicate with your doctor about your condition.

NURSING INTERVENTIONS:

These are services that require the skills of a nurse to complete.

  • Assessments and planning.  The nurse completes a comprehensive assessment of you and your condition and uses that to establish, with your physician, a plan of care

  • Wound care:  changing some dressings

  • Taking vital signs readings:  blood pressure, heart and respiration rates

  • Administering some medications such as injections or infusions


THERAPY INTERVENTIONS:

Three kinds of therapists may work with you:  physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.  They might be helping you with:

  • Recovering from orthopedic surgeries such as hip or knee replacements, shoulder surgery, fractures

  • Exercise programs to improve balance

  • Programs to improve safe walking, reducing your risk of falling

  • Teaching you how to be active within the “safe zone” allowed by your condition

  • Improving your fine motor skills to allow you to complete tasks of independent living

  • Overcoming swallowing difficulties


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Why Choose Interim for Personal Care and Support Services?


It’s important for you to know that you have the right to choose.  Federal law guarantees that your preference will be honored when it comes to selecting a home health agency following a hospitalization.
 
It makes a difference which agency you choose.  Interim HealthCare has been the right choice for more than 8,000 patients a year for some or all of the following reasons which may be important to you as well.

  • Programs:

    The best home healthcare agencies operate on the basis of demonstrated best practices, integrates and coordinates care and information, using a multi-disciplinary team of specially trained staff.  Interim HealthCare has such programs for caring for patients with chronic diseases as well as for specific medical situation.  For more info …

  • Outcomes:

    Medicare, as the largest purchaser of home health services, has developed measurement systems that allow you to compare the results achieved by agencies.  Interim HealthCare has outstanding outcomes, outperforming the state average on all measures, including a best-in-the-upstate low rate of re-hospitalization.  For more info …

  • People:

    It’s people that make all this work together.  Interim HealthCare has a large staff, those has been with us a long time and that has significant professional credentials.  ]\

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How do I Access Interim’s Home Health Care Services?

  • Referrals:  Most home health services, because they are considered by regulation to be skilled health care services, require an “order” from a physician.  But, anyone can call to ask about how home health might help them:  prospective patients, family, advisors, neighbors, and staff in an assisted living facility – anyone.  Interim HealthCare will take care of securing the physician order.

  • Payors:  Medicare and most insurance companies have some benefit that cover home health services and Interim HealthCare participates in most every provider network.  We will work with you to determine what’s covered and what the requirements for coverage might be for your Medicare or insurance coverage.

There usually are some requirements by Medicare and most insurance plans to access coverage for your home health services:  These typically include:

·          Homebound

Medicare and most insurance plans won’t pay for home health services if you could reasonably get to the doctor’s office or a health care facility to receive services.  But this doesn’t mean you must be confined to bed.  You could even have to go out for health care appointments or even to church and still be considered to be homebound.  Please click here for more information.

·          Skilled Need

Medicare and most insurance plans pay only for skilled nursing and therapy services.  They typically do not pay for custodial care.

·          Intermittent

Medicare and most insurance plans pay for services to assist you recover safely at home.  They don’t pay for around the clock nursing care.

 

Your home care nurse and our in-office experts will work through these somewhat detailed issues to make sure you have the best reimbursement for the services you need.

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Where can I Receive Home Health Care Services?


The answer is pretty simple:  wherever you consider to be HOME:    

  • Your traditional home, whether freestanding single family home, apartment or condominium

  • The home of a family member or other loved one

  • A residential care facility such as an Assisted Living or Independent Living Facility

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PROGRAMS

 


Interim HealthCare home health programs integrate many of the services listed above in special ways to meet special needs.  These programs are based on proven, evidence-based research and program development and are delivered by staff who are specially credentialed in these areas of expertise.

  • Living with Chronic Diseases:  Interim HealthCare provides a family of programs designed to help you live with chronic diseases
    • Living with Heart Failure
    • Living with COPD
    • Living with Diabetes
    • Living with Coronary Artery Disease
These programs help you live with these chronic, non-curable conditions by helping you learns to manage exacerbations, to enjoy an improved quality of life and avoid hospitalizations and stay safely at home as long as possible
 


  • Specialty Programs:
    • Rehabilitation following stroke or other disabling injury
    • Rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery:  knee, hip
    • Balance Builder:  to reduce fall risks
    • Wound care for surgical or other wounds and sores
    • Infusion therapy for infections, chemotherapy, nutrition
    • Specialty drug administration
    • Alzheimer’s care and education
 


  • Transitions:  One of the most critical steps in your health care is when you are transitioning (moving) from one level of care to another.  At Interim HealthCare, we specialize in transitioning you to your home, whether from the hospital, a rehab facility or nursing home, and whether you’re going to your original home or to home in a new living setting.  We work with your physician and discharge planners to identify needed services and equipment, review your medications (new, discontinued and continuing) and introduce you to your home health care team.



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