Home Health and Hospice offer an affordable way to receive medical care at home. Many who access these benefits are over the age of 65 and are entitled to Medicare benefits which cover 100 percent of the cost of services and associated medication and supply costs. Medicaid and most commercial insurances also provide home health and hospice coverage
Often, when patients elect home health or hospice, it is their primary physician who authorizes, coordinates, and follows their care from start to finish. Puget Sound Home Health & Hospice will work closely with the physician of your choice as we provide care. If the patient does not have a primary care physician and needs to be seen by a doctor, the Home Health and Hospice agency has Medical Directors who can visit the patient. Otherwise, recommendations can be made, and the agency can assist the patient in visiting another physician of their choice.
Puget Sound Home Health & Hospice participates in most insurance plans, including:
- Medicare (covers 100% of your home health or hospice care)
- Medicare Advantage
- Most commercial insurances
- Private pay
We can work with your physician to help facilitate this process. With a completed referral, we can typically see you that same week.
Home Health and Hospice is serious medical care. Most agencies are Medicare-certified which requires them to employ experienced medical personnel specifically trained in modalities, techniques, and treatments to help achieve the desired outcomes. Hospice offers state-of-the-art palliative care using advanced technologies to prevent or alleviate distressing symptoms. Puget Sound employs only licensed and credentialed professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, social workers, aides, massage therapy, and medical dietitians.
Anyone under the care of a physician in need of home health or hospice services is eligible. At Puget Sound Home Health & Hospice, we work to help people of all ages to recuperate and live life to the fullest in the comfort of their home.
Home health is a service designed to help you recover safely in an independent manner, in the comfortable setting of your home.
Home health is skilled clinical care ordered by a health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. These services typically include interventions from nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology. These services are designed to help you manage your condition and regain your independence after a recent illness, injury, or procedure. These are medical services typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or insurance plans.
Personal home care services are non-clinical services that may include light housekeeping, transportation assistance, bathing, and light meal preparation. Typically, the patient and family pay the entire cost of these services.
Home health allows for earlier discharge from the hospital, reduces the risk for hospital re-admission, and supports a faster recovery. These services also allow for a return home sooner which facilitates social supports from family and friends.
Enrolling in hospice care early helps the patient have a better quality of life as well as more time for preparations to be made. Hospice care provides planning and support to family members during this time of transition.
Hospice is for anyone living with a type of life-limiting illness. The hospice program is for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, who are not seeking aggressive, curative treatment. Hospice is best when elected early as the patient, family and caregivers receive the help and support they need. Hospice is not a final choice or decision. Patients are free to leave the program at any time.
Hospice is designed to support quality of life. When the burden of treatment outweighs the benefit and side effects of treatment, it might be time to consider hospice.
A diagnosis is the illness that is causing the symptoms the patient is experiencing. A prognosis is a prediction about how the illness will progress with an estimated timeline for changes.
According the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 13% of people on hospice lived beyond 6 months. 50% of patients will pass within three weeks.