Making the Right Decision

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It is often difficult for individuals and their loved ones to determine whether they could benefit from the assistance of a home health agency. While the patient’s primary physician or other medical professionals will help with this decision, there are several questions you can ask yourself to help you decide:

Do you or your loved one:

  • Require complex home treatments like IV medications, wound care, or tube feedings?
  • Have unstable problems such as blood pressure, blood sugars, or pain?
  • Need nursing or physical, occupational, speech, or respiratory therapy?
  • Need medical social services or home health aide?
  • Find it difficult to follow your physician’s recommended treatment at home?
  • Need assistance with instructions on medications or treatments?
  • Have a history of multiple hospitalizations or risky medical history?
  • Feel less independent after being discharged from the hospital?
  • Have a potentially life-threatening, severely incapacitating, or terminal diagnosis?
  • Have new or adjusted medications?
  • Notice a recent decline in daily living activity?
  • Require medical observation?
  • Need additional care post surgery?
  • Need additional care after returning home rehab facility, skilled nursing facility, or assisted living facility?