There are many different options available for short-term needs that are often covered by Medicare. Explore your options below as your needs may change.
Sometimes it can become necessary to seek Medicare-covered Home Health Services through an outside provider. Generally these are short term services that aim at taking care of an issue until it is resolved or involving some teaching topics. Below you will find available in-home services that you can access through Medicare if the need were to arise.
• Health Assessments including blood pressure, glucose,
postoperative recovery, and other vital signs
• Disease and treatment education
• Wound care
• Dressing changes
• Ostomy/colostomy teaching and management
• IV management
• Medication reconciliation and doctor or pharmacists reporting
• Heparin flushes
• Foot care
• Management of urinary catheters
• Management of tubes, drains and bags
THERE ARE ALSO VARIOUS THERAPY SERVICES THAT ARE COVERED BY MEDICARE AS WELL.
BELOW YOU WILL FIND EXAMPLES OF THERAPIES AVAILABLE TO YOU.
Physical Therapy (PT)
Whether the individual’s problem is a result of injury or disease, the role of a physical therapist is to help him or her realize their optimum ability to function. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent a loss of mobility with fitness and wellness-oriented programs that promote healthier and more active lifestyles. They can play an especially important role for those experiencing:
• Recovery from a fall
• Difficulty walking
• Suffering from joint or back pain
• Recovery from a Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery, heart failure, or stroke
• Any noticeable decline in function
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapy focuses on an individual’s ability to perform a broad range of everyday life activities. OT promotes independence by improving the skills required to perform these activities and/or teaching alternative ways to accomplish them. A physician’s referral is required in order to receive OT. Based on a thorough evaluation, the therapist will create a customized treatment plan designed to improve skills and maximize functional abilities based on priorities and personal goals. The therapist will consider a person’s physical, psychological, and social well-being, as well as environmental factors when developing a plan of care and treatment. Occupational therapy helps individuals regain day to day skills such as dressing and feeding.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY HELPS REGAIN INDEPENDENCE
Speech and language therapy can help individuals improve breathing, speaking, or swallowing functioning. Speech therapy focuses on the ability to understand and use words. Speech therapists may help individuals who suffer from:
• A stroke • A heart attack • Difficulty swallowing • Difficulty speaking
We also have Physician group partnerships that allow you to have a physician that is available for phone consultations or that can come and visit you if you require care. This is a great option for those who cannot leave to go to a medical appointment easily or safely. They can assist with acute illnesses, setting up therapy services or with care coordination. Please speak with the Executive Director if you have any further questions.