Frequently Asked Questions

What is home health care?

Home health care helps people lead happier, more independent lives by providing health care in the comfort and familiarity of home. Every patient receives a personalized plan of care that is directed by the patient’s physician.


Home health care services are delivered by trained professionals including nurses, physical and occupational therapists, home health aides and medical social workers. Care includes medical services, such as IV therapy and wound care, and non-medical support services, such as meal preparation and light housekeeping.


Family caregivers also play an important role, as they provide care and continued treatment between visits from home health care professionals.

What are the benefits of home health care?

Research has shown that patients who receive care at home with the support of family and friends often recover more quickly while enjoying a sense of personal independence.


Patients also benefit from better quality of care. By working in the patient’s home, the home health care professional is able to observe their behavior and surroundings and can help to ensure that the patient’s living environment is safe and that they are receiving the proper nutrition and medications.


In addition, the cost of home care is significantly less than that of assisted living or nursing home care. The following chart illustrates a cost comparison between services provided in a nursing home and services provided in the patient’s home.

Is home health care the right choice for my loved one?

Home health care can be a good choice for patients with many different types of needs, whether they require short-term minimal assistance or long-term comprehensive care.


Home health care can assist patients through the recovery process as they heal from surgery or injury. It can also provide help for individuals who are living with challenges of aging such as loss of memory or decision-making skills, difficulty maintaining balance or inability to perform daily personal care tasks or household duties.


If you think your loved one could benefit from home health care, Generations’ skilled and compassionate professionals are here to help with services that can promote improved health, better quality of life and greater independence.

Who pays for home health care?

The cost of home health care services can be paid either by the patient or through a variety of funding sources including:


  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Veterans Administration
  • Workers' compensation
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Other private insurance policies
  • Private pay

Do I need a referral?

A physician’s referral is required for in-home medical services including nursing care, physical and occupational therapy and home health aides.


Also, additional criteria may apply for services to be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Waiver, SSBG, Title III or private insurance.


For more information, contact the Generations Home Care office nearest you.

How do I get started?

Whether you want more information about our services, have a question about eligibility or need assistance in determining whether home health care is right for you or your loved one, we’d like to meet with you to assess your needs and identify ways we can help. Simply contact the Generations Home Care office nearest you.

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