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How Does Home Health Work?

How Does Home Health Work?

Who is eligible for Home Health?

young female medical professional visiting a home health patient Home Health determines eligibility on a case-by-case basis. If your physician grants a referral, we will assess your condition and decide your service needs based on that evaluation. We provide service without regard to age, sex, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, national origin or physical disability.

What is the cost?

The cost of Home Health is determined by the types of services the patient needs. The expenses may be covered in total or in part by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance. Our staff can help you determine insurance coverage before our visits begin. We will also complete the necessary forms and will bill Medicare, Medicaid or the patient's private health insurance company directly.

How can I arrange for Home Health?

For more information, talk to your physician about UnityPoint Health-pekin Home Health. You can also call us at (309) 353-0371. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During evenings or weekends, call the same number and ask to speak to the nurse on call.

Can I choose my home healthcare provider, even in an assisted living facility?

You have the right to choose your home healthcare provider. Federal Law requires that patients be informed of their options for home care, and this is very important to us. The social services department at UnityPoint Health-Pekin will provide you with a list of the many options available to you so that you can make an informed decision about who will be coming to your home. If you or a loved one will be going to an assisted living facility, you can still choose your home healthcare provider. Assisted living facilities do not have contracts with home care providers. It is important that you have control over who takes care of you or your loved one. Choosing the right agency can make a tremendous difference in your recovery.

What role will the patient's physician play in Home Health?

Home Health works in tandem with the patient's personal physician, who directs the plan of care, receives progress reports about the patient's condition and adjusts services in response to changes in condition.