Home health care agencies provide skilled nursing; nurses’ aides; physical, speech, respiratory, and occupational therapy; and social services to the homebound. Many provide psychiatric nursing services, including medication monitoring, family education in behavior management, and 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 also offer specialized cardiac nursing.
Some agencies offer hospice programs for persons who are in late stages of terminal illness. See Hospice.
A physician must prescribe services, but the patient has the right to choose the provider. Before choosing an agency be sure it provides services the patient needs. Medicare, TennCare, private insurance, private pay, and some long-term care insurance.
Medicare reports information on the quality of home health care to help consumers in decision-making. Visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-633-4227 for a comparison chart of services. If you have questions or problems with Medicare’s coverage, call Medicare.
When you hire an individual or company to come onto your property or into your home, you assume a certain amount of risk, as does the person hired. See the Action Guide for a list of questions to ask when hiring an in-home service.
Many agencies also provide private-duty nurses, sitters, light housekeeping, and, in some cases, live-in help or 24-hour care (see Live-In Help) for description; these services do not require a physician’s order; most are private pay. Some long-term care insurance covers cost if a medical diagnosis requires the service. Agencies that offer personal care (bathing, hair care, etc.) have an asterisk (*).
See also Personal Support Services Agencies.
118 Mabry Hood Rd., Suite 100, 37922 | Website »
1420 Dutch Valley Road, Suite A, 37918 | Website »
401 Sulphur Springs Road, Clinton, 37716 | Website »
3001 Lake Brook Boulevard, Suite 101, 37909 | Website »
1700 Liberty Street, 37921 | Website »
1501 Kingston Pike, Suite 210, 37919 | Website »
320 North Cedar Bluff Road, Suite 380, 37923 | Website »
10024 Investment Drive, Suite 130, 37932 | Website »
9000 Executive Park Drive, Suite A-205, 37923 | Website »
Center Park Drive, Suite 130, 37922
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1512 Coleman Road, Suite 310, 37909 | Website »
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