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Home Care & Hospice FAQ
When you are considering home care or hospice care for yourself or for a loved one, there’s a lot to consider. From payment options to specific service questions, our team at Ethos Care have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about our home care and hospice services below.
Home Care FAQ
What is Medicare?
What does Medicare cover?
Medicare can be used to cover home health services with no co-pays for:
- Home Health Aide
- Skilled Nursing
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
Who can qualify for Medicare Part A Home Health Benefit?
If you meet the following three conditions Medicare will pay for home care services:
- A person is homebound:
A person does not have to be bedridden to be considered confined to his/her home. However, the condition should be such that there exists a normal inability to leave home and, consequently, leaving the home would require a considerable and taxing effort.
- A person who needs continued clinical care such as
- Skilled Nursing
- Ongoing Physical Therapy
- Ongoing Speech Therapy
- Ongoing Occupational Therapy
A person is under the care of a physician who can authorize your home health care plan.
Are you eligible for Home Care services covered by Medicare?
- Are you eligible for Home Care services covered by Medicare?
- Do you have difficulty leaving the house?
- Do you need special assistive devices or help from someone to leave your home?
- Do you need help managing your multiple medications?
- Have you had a recent fall or do you have a fear of falling?
- Have you recently been in the hospital or emergency room?
- Do you have an upcoming elective surgery scheduled?
- Have you been diagnosed with a new condition like Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be eligible for home care services. Please contact us at 701-356-3803.
Why Ethos Home Care?
Research suggests that clients recover more quickly at home than at a hospital or other nursing care facility. Home Care is also a less expensive option than hospital stays and can prevent unnecessary emergency room and hospital visits. It allows your physician to work with our Home Care team to proactively manage your health and prevent potential complications.
How is Home Care paid for?
Ethos Home Care is licensed as a home care provider in North Dakota and a Comprehensive Home Care Provider in Minnesota. Ethos is Medicare certified and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC).
When do I become eligible for Hospice?
At any time, our professional staff (RN, Social Worker) can come and do an informational with the patient and/or their family to explain the hospice benefit and review the patients’ health status. The patient’s physician must support that they have a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course to be eligible.
How does Hospice Care begin?
Hospice care can start as soon as orders have been signed by the patient’s primary physician. Ethos Hospice is proud to do same day admissions whenever possible, providing the admission visit meets the needs and schedule of the patient and family/primary caregiver.
Where can I receive Hospice Care?
You can receive hospice care in any setting that you call home whether that be in a residential home setting, nursing facility or any long-term care setting such as an Assisted Living. Our hospice team collaborates closely with all facilities wherever our patients reside.
Can I discharge from Hospice services at any time?
Yes. If the patient’s condition improves and no longer meets the qualifications of hospice, a discharge may occur. Or, if the patient decides to seek treatment, they can elect to be discharged from hospice services. You may go on and off hospice services at any time, as long as you continue to meet qualifications.
Is Hospice available after hours and on the weekend?
We have a nurse on-call after regular business hours and on the weekend. The on-call nurse is available by phone to answer any questions and will make after-hours and weekend visits whenever it is necessary.
How is Hospice paid for?
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and almost all private insurance. Our team will work with you to determine and understand your level of coverage and eligibility for hospice services.