Frequently asked questions
WHAT IS HOME HEALTH CARE?
Home health care provides skilled services for an illness or injury, wherever you call home with the goal of helping you recover, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. More than just providing excellent care in your home, home health care also saves billions of dollars each year in providing these services outside of expensive facilities. Blue Hills Therapeutics offers health care services such as skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, nutrition services, etc. We also offer specialized clinical programs that focus on empowering you to manage your own illness and make good decisions.
We specialize in treating acute as well as chronic conditions including:
You receive the services you need based on a plan of care, which is an individual plan developed by your doctor with our clinical team. Services may include:
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
chronic kidney disease
recovery from surgery or illness
other illnesses and conditions
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON THE FIRST HOME HEALTH CARE VISIT?
On the first visit, a nurse or therapist will conduct an initial assessment. At Blue Hills Therapeutics, this thorough interview and professional assessment is part of our coordinated approach to managing your overall health status. Our assessment focuses on identifying areas where you may benefit from education in self-care management and partners with your doctor to promote disease prevention, in addition, to providing hands-on intervention – which includes the family or caregivers.
This team approach helps to make the transition from a hospital or nursing facility to your home much easier, and actively engages you and your caregivers in your health care.
WILL BLUE HILLS THERAPEUTICS CREATE A CARE PLAN JUST FOR ME OR MY LOVED ONE?
Yes. An Blue Hills Therapeutics clinician will come to your home to assess your needs. You will be included in the care planning process and we will communicate with your doctor to discuss the assessment, your goals and work together to develop your personal plan of care. Blue Hills Therapeutics Home Health Care staff will implement your physician-ordered plan of care and keep your doctor updated about your progress. If your condition or needs change, we’ll collaborate with your doctor to review your plan of care and make any adjustments deemed necessary.
HOW OFTEN WILL MY HOME HEALTH CARE VISITS BE?
The frequency and type of home health visits and the services provided are based on your personal plan of care. Your doctor may change your plan of care, increasing or decreasing the number of visits or services provided, in order to provide you with the best home health care for your needs.
MY DOCTOR IS ORDERING HOME HEALTH CARE FOR ME; CAN I REQUEST BLUE HILLS THERAPEUTICS BY NAME?
Absolutely, and we’d be honored to care for you or your loved one. Federal law gives patients the freedom to choose their health care provider.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR HOME HEALTH CARE?
There are several requirements for receiving home health care under the Medicare Benefit:
You must have a doctor prescribe home health care
You must need either skilled nursing care or therapy on an intermittent basis (i.e., physical/occupational/speech therapy)
You must be considered “homebound” (see below)
WHAT DOES "HOMEBOUND" MEAN?
Essentially, your condition is such that you’re normally unable to safely leave your home without the assistance of others and the aid of assistive devices (such as crutches, canes, walkers or wheelchairs), and that doing so would require considerable and taxing effort.
You can generally leave home as often as you need for medical treatment that cannot be provided in the home and still be considered homebound. Further, you are allowed brief and infrequent absences from the home for some non-medical reasons, such as an occasional trip to the barber/beauty shop, to attend church, or for unique family events (like a graduation).
WHO PAYS FOR HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Provided you meet eligibility requirements, Medicare may pay for your covered home health care for as long as you’re eligible and your doctor certifies that you need it.
Additionally, your state’s Medicaid program or your private insurance also may cover home health care, or some services that Medicare doesn’t cover. Check with your state Medicaid program or insurance company to learn about their specific eligibility requirements.
Our staff is happy to help determine whether you meet coverage criteria. To learn more, feel free to
WHAT QUALIFIES AS A "HOME" WHEN HOME HEALTH CARE IS BEING CONSIDERED?
Your residence is wherever you call home. This may be your house, an apartment, a relative’s home, a senior community, or some other type of institution. However, a hospital, skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility is not considered a “home”.