Home Health Care
Home health care agencies can provide skilled nursing; nurses’ aides; physical, speech, respiratory, and occupational therapy; social services; and other health services while you are homebound. Many provide psychiatric nursing services, including medication monitoring, family education in behavior management, and some counseling. Some agencies provide “high-tech” nursing home infusion (intravenous nutrition, blood products, rehydration, medications and TPN, and pain management) and, in some cases, ventilators or other types of respiratory therapy. Some offer specialized cardiac nursing. Many agencies offer hospice programs for persons who are in the last stages of terminal illness; some, but not all, hospice programs are Medicare-certified.
A physician must prescribe these services, but the patient has the right to choose the provider. Before making arrangements, be sure that an agency provides the services that the patient needs. Medicare, TennCare, private insurance, or private pay; some long-term-care insurance pays for services. Call Medicare, 1-800-633-4227, if you have questions about or problems with Medicare’s coverage of home health care.
Medicare reports information on the quality of home health care to help you choose high-quality health care. Visit www.medicare.gov or call 1-800-633-4227 for a comparison chart of these services. When you hire an individual or company to come onto your property or into your home, you take on a certain amount of risk, as does the person you’re hiring. See the Action Guide for a list of questions to ask when hiring an in-home service.
Many of these agencies also provide private-duty nurses, sitters, light housekeeping, and, in some cases, live-in help or 24-hour care; these services do not require a physician’s order, and most are private pay. Some long-term-care insurance covers the cost for patients who have a medical diagnosis that requires the service. Some agencies offer personal care (bathing, hair care, more). See also Personal Support Service Agencies.
Amedisys Home Health Care & Hospice: 688-7500
Camellia Home Health/Priority Division: 584-4010
1700 Liberty Street, 37921
Careall Home Care Services: 531-9988
Caris Healthcare: 694-4848
Clinch River Home Health: 687-7070
401 Sulphur Springs Road, Clinton, 37716
Covenant Homecare: 374-0600
3001 Lake Brook Boulevard, Suite 101, 37909
Gentiva Health Services: 584-3133
6223 Highland Place Way, Suite 101, 37919
Girling Health Care: 690-7767
Intrepid USA Healthcare Services: 531-1415
114 S. David Lane, 37922
Maxim Healthcare Services: 212-0071
7417 Kingston Pike, Suite 105, 37919
NHC Homecare : 539-0242
Quality Home Health: 531-0016
Tennova Homecare Services: 647-3600
a member of Tennova Healthcare
7203 Chapman Highway, 37920
UT Home Care Services: 544-6200
2270 Sutherland Avenue, Suite 101, 37919