What’s the Difference Between Home Health and Hospice Care?
When you or a loved one needs home care, it can be very important to ensure you are receiving the sort of care you need. In most cases, home health orders or recommendations for hospice care follow a serious decline in health or an important medical event such as a surgery.
There may be circumstances in which you feel that it is time for you to get some extra help for yourself or a loved one. In such times, ensuring you have the right support in place is key to securing longevity, comfort, and overall well-being.
When making important decisions regarding your loved one’s healthcare, it is essential that you understand the differences between home health and hospice care:
- Hospice Care: Typically prescribed for patients with an official prognosis of 6 months or less, as determined by a physician, hospice care is primarily intended to care for people who are approaching the end of life and are no longer seeking a cure for their illness.
- Home Health Care: Home health is primarily intended for people who are recovering from an injury, illness, or procedure. It is also helpful for people who are seeking to manage the effects of a chronic illness.
Will My Insurance Pay for Hospice or Home Health?
As a recipient of Medicare or Medicaid, you may be able to get either service covered by your health insurance provider. However, in order to do so, you must meet certain criteria.
- Hospice Care: You must have a terminal diagnosis and a prognosis of 6 months or less (as given by a physician) in order to receive hospice care and have it covered by your health care insurance. Medicare and Medicaid will typically not cover hospice care if a patient is not considered terminally ill.
- Home Health Care: You may be able to receive insurance coverage for home health if you are in need of services such as physical, occupational, or speech therapy, assistance with daily activities of living, help administering medication or preparing meals, or any other help recuperating or managing your health. This will require you to receive a physician’s order for the services you need and demonstrate your need for home health care.
Experienced In-Home Caregivers in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, and Northeast Florida
Contact our team at A Care Connection today for help healing from an illness, recovering from a procedure, or managing your health at home. Our team of experienced, specially trained clinicians are here to serve you and help you recover as smoothly and quickly as possible. When you call us, our Registered Nurses will work with you to create a personalized care plan that works for you.
Call (904) 899-5520 today to schedule your complimentary consultation and find out if home health care is right for you.