Home health agencies provide nursing services, home health aides, and one or more other services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social services. Several kinds of health care staff may provide care based on your needs. Home health agencies participate in the Medicare program and many health insurance programs include a home health benefit. A physician referral is required so it is a good idea to talk to your doctor if you think you might need this type of care. Usually a medical reason is needed for these services to be reimbursed by Medicare or insurance.
Generally, home-based care is appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home but needs ongoing care that cannot easily be provided by family and friends. The federal web site Home Health Compare has information that describes home health care, your rights as a home health patient, and what to expect when home health staff come to your home. The website can be found here.
This web site includes a Maryland Home Health agency search that provides a listing of Home Health agencies in Maryland by the county where each agency is licensed to provide services, and a list of the services each agency has available. To find a Maryland home health agency to provide services you, a family member, or friend need go to Home Health Search.
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