Is My Loved One Eligible for Home Care?


Finding home care for your loved one can be a sensitive subject. No one wants to admit that they have reached a point where they can’t take care of themselves anymore, and it can be emotional for you to notice a decline in your loved one’s health as they age.

However, home care can help your loved one maintain their independence as much as possible and live a more fulfilling lifestyle. You shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting to help your loved one continue to enjoy their life; rather, you can feel empowered by the decision to choose home care for your loved one.

What is Home Care?

Home care is an at-home option of care for those who need assistance with daily activities. If your loved one has recently suffered from an illness or undergone a procedure, home care allows them to receive the care they need right from the comfort of their own home.

At Ethos Home Care , our home care services include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and home health aides. Each member of our highly trained team of caregivers is there to provide high quality care and therapy for your loved one, no matter what line of service they need.

Skilled Nursing

The first component of home care is skilled nursing. Skilled nursing is a high level of medical care provided to clients by licensed health professionals, such as registered nurses.

"Our skilled nursing services can really be anything from educating patients on new medications to monitoring an incision after surgery or providing wound care,” said Brittni Kraft-McGarry, the Director of Ethos Home Care. “It really just depends on what the patient’s needs are.”

A huge benefit of Ethos Home Care’s skilled nursing services is that they provide all patients with access to a nurse at any time of day or night.

"We have a nurse on call 24-7, every single day of the year,” Brittni said. “So, when a patient has something come up outside of our normal weekly hours, they can get ahold of a nurse.”

Physical Therapy

Another component of home care is physical therapy, which begins with a home assessment from one of the team members at Ethos Home Care.

"Physical therapy involves doing a good home assessment and making sure that person is safe in their home and that their environment can keep them safe from further injuring themselves," Brittni said.

Based on the home assessment, Ethos Home Care’s licensed therapists are able to develop a personalized therapy plan that’s best for your loved one’s needs.

"After the home assessment, therapists work with patients on strengthening, working on balance and recovery,” Brittni said. “Sometimes therapists will recommend some sort of an assistive device, like a walker or a cane, to help the patient’s mobility.”

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is another part of the home care services provided by Ethos Home Care, which is designed to help patients with day-to-day activities.

"Occupational therapy is more geared at a patient's daily activities like grooming, bathing and getting in and out of bed,” Brittni explained. “It is also focused on medication management and ensuring patients are able to take their medications correctly.”

According to Brittni, occupational therapy focuses on that person's ability to function safely at home. The primary focus of occupational therapists at Ethos Home Care is to ensure your loved one’s home is safe, recommending modifications that will keep them as secure and comfortable as possible.

Speech Therapy and Home Health Aides

Speech therapy is also available as part of Ethos Home Care’s services and helps patients who need assistance with anything related to their speech.

"Our speech therapy service focuses on things like swallowing, talking and anything that has to do with the mouth, throat and speech area," Brittni said.

The last component of home care services offered by Ethos Home Care is our highly trained, dedicated home health aides.

"Our home health aides provide services Monday through Friday to all home care patients. They help with things like bathing, skin care needs or other daily activities," Brittni said.

How Do I Know if My Loved One is Eligible for Home Care?

Now that you understand all of the components of our home care services, you may be wondering, how do I know if my loved one is eligible for home care? In order to be eligible, your loved one needs to have a skilled need and also meet home bound criteria set by Medicare.

"A skilled need is any sort of need that a person has that our services at Ethos Home Care could assist with,” Brittni explained. “So, for example, a skilled need would be if a person is experiencing pain and are deconditioned because of an injury that happened and they need our services to help them feel stronger and it's too tiring for them to go out to outpatient therapy.”

Your loved one may also need to hit homebound criteria in order to be eligible for home care services.

"We can provide home care services as long as someone has a skilled need and also meets homebound criteria,” Brittni said. “Home bound means that it's a taxing effort for that person to go out and about and that they need an assistive device or another physical person for them to get from point A to point B."

If your loved one has a skilled need and meets homebound criteria, they may be eligible to start receiving home care.

Get Dedicated, Customized Home Care for Your Loved One from Ethos Care

At Ethos Home Care, our highest priority is the health and safety of all of our patients. If you think your loved one may benefit from receiving home care, please contact us today at 701-356-3803 and we will gladly talk with you more in detail. We look forward to hearing from you soon!