Home Health Care Services are the backbone of our support system.
Happy Life Home Health Agency clients include the elderly and people with disabilities, who need health care services due to a debilitating physical or cognitive condition, chronic illness, and other temporary or long-term conditions.
Although each client is different, they all receive Happy Life Home Health Agency’s guarantee of ongoing care, even as their circumstances and needs change over time.
Caregivers, you may need to provide physical care to the patient, or you may need to supervise the people who do, such as a home health aide.
Who qualifies for Home Care Services?
In-home care services may be available via one’s regular state Medicaid plan but may also be offered for a duo of Medicare and Medicaid. The federal government requires that states make home health benefits available to those in need. Personal care assistance (help with bathing, dressing, eating, and other non-medical care) in the home, which is not federally mandated, is also offered by many states’ regular Medicaid plans.
Being over the income and/or asset limit(s) does not mean that one cannot qualify for Medicaid. Certain higher-end assets are generally exempt or stated differently, not counted towards Medicaid’s asset limit.
Which Home Care Providers Accept Medicaid?
Remember, many Medicaid programs allow for consumer direction of personal care/attendant care services. This means that Medicaid recipients can hire the person of their choosing, including friends and relatives. To find out if your state has a program that allows for self-directed care, contact the Medicaid agency in your state.
A second complication to understanding Medicaid’s home care benefits is that within each state there are many Medicaid programs. And each program offers different home care benefits.
Finding The Best Caregiver Type For Your Needs
When it comes time to hire a caregiver for your aging family member, to make sure that your loved one receives the best care, it’s essential to know the difference between the different caregiver types. Typically, the different types of professional caregivers include:
- Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
- Home Health Aide (HHA)
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
The choice of using a PCA, HHA, or CNA depends on the level of the patient’s care and medical needs. If you are not sure, it is a good idea to get an evaluation and recommendation from an independent care manager or other qualified professional before making a hiring decision.
A PCA is an excellent choice for a patient who can no longer live independently but does not require regular in-home hands-on medical care.
They help to manage household duties such as cleaning, laundry, shopping, running errands, and meal preparation. They also provide companionship and would escort you or a loved one to medical appointments, monitor the patient overnight, remind the patient to take their medication, and aid in simple exercises like daily walks.
For patients with slightly more complex needs, a home health aide (HHA) might be the right choice. The main difference in HHA vs PCA is that an HHA has the training, usually from a vocational school or community college, and then must pass a state certification exam.
In addition to assisting with the same everyday tasks that a PCA can provide, an HHA can help with dressing, toileting, and the checking of vital signs. HHA also assists with the administration of medication, assisting with braces and artificial limbs, caring for the patient’s skin, and attending to diet regimens.
10 Reasons Why Home Care is Better:
Home care is one of the fastest-growing segments of the eldercare market and especially for Happy Life, and there are a variety of different home care options—offering from Happy Life, everything from light housekeeping to skilled nursing:
1 – FASTER RELEASE FROM THE HOSPITAL.
2 – SUBSTITUTE FOR HOSPITAL OR NURSING HOME.
3 – INVOLVEMENT WITH TREATMENT.
4 – INDEPENDENCE.
5 – COMFORT.
6 – FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
7 – MORALE.
8 – FASTER RECOVERY.
9 – COST.
10 – PROMOTES HEALING.
Patients enjoy a much better quality of life which many families have said helped to extend the lives, health & happiness of their loved ones. They are in a familiar environment around their family in both their home and the community in which they’ve lived for many years.