There are many benefits to home healthcare most importantly it allows a person to stay home instead of relocating to a facility. Depending on a person's needs, home health care can consist of medical care like wound care and non-medical care like help with bathing or meal preparation.
Different Types of Home HealthCare.
There are two primary types of home health care:
This type of home health care—often called skilled care—is provided by a medical professional, such as a physician, registered nurse, or physical therapist. They could provide wound care and physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. Other potential benefits include person and caregiver education, injections, and nutrition therapy. A doctor prescribes medical home health care.
Non-medical care includes "assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, transportation to and from physician appointments, running errands, shopping and housekeeping. Care Management and ABI Resources provide Non-Medical support services.
What to Expect.
When a new person signs up for home health care through the Medicaid MFP Money Follows the Person program or the Medicaid ABI Waiver Program, a Care Manager first meets with the family at home to understand their goals and precisely what services they need. The Care Manager then prepares and provides a detailed personalized care plan. This meeting helps ABI Resources match a caregiver with the right skills, personality, and suitable schedule compatibility with the individual that will be taking care of them in their home. Anyone signing up for high-quality home health care should expect a similar process.
Once home health care starts, the person, Care Manager, and ABI Resources work together to determine the appropriate days and hours for visits. It varies greatly from one hour at a time to 24-hour care.
In addition, ABI Resources "may act as a liaison," assisting with communication between the person and their healthcare team. ABI Resources are the eyes and ears inside the home. The doctor may only see a person intermittently, so sometimes ABI Resources can head off more significant medical issues by seeing signs and symptoms earlier.
ABI Resources also reduces a person’s loneliness, improving their mental and physical health. ABI Resources Team Members form a strong bond and become part of the family as they share hours and multiple days of the week with a person.
ABI Resources can also help reduce hospital readmissions. For instance, those who receive ABI Resources home visits experienced fewer hospital readmissions after they were discharged from the hospital compared to persons who didn't receive home services.