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  • What types of services are offered through home health?
    We offer the following home health care: Skilled Nursing Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy Medical Social Worker Home Health Aides
  • Is Affirmation licensed and insured?
    Affirmation Home Health is licensed by the state of Virginia and is Certified by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. Affirmation Personal Care is fully insured for liability and worker’s compensation.
  • Is Home Health and Personal Care the same thing?
    No, they are very different. Home Health refers to skilled care that is ordered by a physician and paid for by Medicare, Medicaid or third party commercial payers. Home Health is short term in duration, usually 4-6 weeks of 2-3 visits per week, with care being delivered by RN’s, Physical, Occupational or Speech Therapists. Personal Care, often referral to as Private Duty care, is focused on helping individuals remain independent in their homes or communities by providing certified nursing assistants for hourly shifts and assisting with activities of daily living (ADL’s). This includes care like bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, ambulation, laundry, meal preparation, transportation, light housekeeping and other activities associated with remaining independent in your home.
  • What services are provided by home health care?
    Nursing services, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, medical social workers and home health aides are some of the services that are covered by home health care.
  • Who can benefit from home health services?
    Home health services are beneficial for wide range of clients who need in-home medical care and therapy services. These can include, but are not limited to: Elderly clients with health concerns who want to maintain independence and remain in their own homes. Clients of all ages who require post-hospital or post-rehab medical care, post-surgical care, supervision, and/or assistance. Clients who have complex medical need or need for complex treatments. Clients who are living with chronic disease conditions, such as, but not limited to: Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), brain injury and stroke.
  • What is Home Health care?
    Home Health care encompasses a wide range of health care services provided in the patient’s home with the purpose of maintaining his or her maximal level of function, health and comfort. Home Health is a collaborative effort involving family, physician and an interdisciplinary home care team. It is a cost-effective alternative to extended hospitalization, rehabilitation or a nursing home stay. Patients are usually more comfortable in their own home and studies have shown patients recover quicker at home.
  • How do I qualify for home health?
    To qualify for home health, one must have a doctor’s order stating what services and why home health is needed. Client must be home bound, meaning it is a taxing effort to leave the home regularly.
  • What is the Medicare criteria for home health care?
    To receive home health care services under Medicare, the patient must require skilled, intermittent care from nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. The patient must have a physician’s order for home health care and be essentially homebound. Medicare considers a person to be homebound if leaving the home would require a considerable and taxing effort and if one has a condition due to an illness or injury which restricts the ability to leave home except with the aid of devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs, walkers, special transportation, or assistance of another person. Homebound patients may leave their home if absences from the home are infrequent or for periods of relatively short duration, or for the purpose of receiving medical treatment.
  • Who would benefit from home health care?
    You or a family member may benefit from home care if you are: Recovering from a recent illness, surgery, or hospitalization. Recently discharged from a hospital or rehab setting but need additional care. ln need of education regarding your health condition and how to manage your disease effectively. ln need of assistance in order to live independently at home and to enhance the quality of life at home.
  • What are some examples of what the home health staff will do?
    Check what you’re eating and drinking. Check your blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and breathing. Check that you’re taking your prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly. Ask if you’re having pain. Check your safety in the home. Teach you about your care so you can take care of yourself. Work with you to become as independent as possible for your self-care and with mobility. Coordinate your care. This means we will communicate regularly with you, your doctor, and anyone else who gives you care.
  • Can your caregivers administer medications?
    In accordance with the regulations for the State of Virginia, Certified Nursing Assistants may assist in the administration of medications as long as the medications are pre-measured and require no alteration of dosing based on clinical judgment. Our licensed professionals (RN’s) are able to medically manage an individual’s medications along with administrative oversight.
  • What is personal care?
    Personal care is a service typically provided to elderly individuals who require assistance with their day-to-day activities. The goal of personal care is to help maintain a client’s ability to stay in their home comfortably and safely. Personal care also allows for respite care to family caregivers.
  • If I need to make changes to my schedule, what do I do?
    To make schedule changes you need to call the office during business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday) at 804.588.4944. Advanced notice of changes is needed and appreciated.
  • What personal care services are available through Affirmation?
    No matter the type of care your loved one requires, Affirmation provides client-specific services to meet their needs, all done from the comfort of home. Our 24-Hour Home Care services help with everyday tasks and personal care needs. The following services are available and can be customized to meet your, or your loved one's, individual needs: Companionship Light Housekeeping Meal Preparation Medication Supervision and Reminders Personal Care (Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, etc.) Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Appointment & Errand Support Respite Care
  • Will my insurance pay for Personal Care?
    There are long term care insurance policies that pay for personal care services. Medicare, Medicaid and traditional third-party insurance does not cover personal care services. The Veterans Administration also has some benefits available for personal care under specific circumstances.
  • Do you provide personal care to patients who are on Hospice?
    Yes, it is not uncommon that a family caring for their loved one on hospice needs additional support. Although the hospice agency is primarily responsible for all clinical aspects of the patient's care, Affirmation's Personal Care services can provide an added layer of care and support to assist the family and patient with activities of daily living like bathing, toileting, ambulation, light meal preparation or housekeeping tasks.
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