Advanced Home Health

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If I need more help at home than Medicare will pay for, does that mean I have to go to a nursing home?

- Older adults should have the choice between entering a nursing home or staying in their own homes, but 96% of them need help bathing, 78% need help with mobility, including walking, transfers and bed mobility, 61% need help dressing, 33% need help grooming, 20% need help toileting, and 12% need help eating, according to a study done by Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University done in August 2006.  Non-skilled homecare takes care of people in their homes indefinitely (for more information on skilled care, click here).  The total number of people in Ohio nursing homes has decreased, while people are choosing to stay at home and receive the care they need by homecare professionals.

Who pays for non-skilled homecare?

- Ohio and West Virginia both have a “Medicaid waiver” program to care for seniors in their home – there is no cost for individuals who qualify for Medicaid.  Additionally, some Long-Term Care Insurance policies pay for nurse aides to help in your home.  Otherwise, people who need or want these services can pay privately to homecare agencies to send nurse aides to their home.

How long do aides stay in my home to help me?

- The state waiver programs and insurance companies limit the number of hours that the aide can stay; however, when you schedule an aide and pay the agency yourself, the aided services can be any length of time each day you desire.

What can the aides do?

- Nurse aides can assist with bathing, dressing, ambulation (moving around your home), eating, personal hygiene, meal preparation, and minor homemaking (dusting, sweeping, laundry, and running errands).

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Advanced Home Health

We at Alternative Home Health, Inc. are committed to providing quality skilled care to individuals and families in your home. Our staff works cooperatively with physicians, patients, families, referral sources, and other members of our interdisciplinary team to ensure appropriate coordination of health care. Alternative Home Health, Inc. specializes in services designed to meet the needs of those who wish to live independently in the comfort of their own home, but may need assistance.