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What Type of Home Care Is Right for You? “Home care” encompasses a wide range of health\social services delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill persons in need of medical, nursing, social or therapeutic treatment and/or assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). This Section Includes: • Homemaker/Companion • Home Health Agencies • Nurse Registries • Independent Healthcare Professionals • Home Medical Equipment an individual’s home or place of residence. They may provide the following: • nursing care • physical, speech, occupational, respiratory and IV therapies • hands on home health aide and homemaker/ companion services • home medical equipment • nutritional guidance • medical social services • skilled services Florida law requires the following of Home Health Agencies and Nurse Registries that serve patients who need skilled services: • If a patient is receiving skilled services, the patient’s doctor must sign a treatment order citing the services needed. A plan of care (POC) must be created, giving details of how care will be given. A POC is not required for people receiving home health aide services without a treatment order or for those receiving only homemaker/companion services. A patient has the right to be a part of the planning of his or her care and to receive, upon request, a copy of the POC. • For patients receiving skilled services, a health care professional licensed to perform these services must do an assessment of the patient’s condition. • The POC must be reviewed at certain times by the patient’s doctor, and the care must HOME HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS Home Health Care providers include companies and independent health care professionals. The types of home health care providers that are licensed or registered by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to provide services in the home are detailed here: HOMEMAKER/COMPANION SERVICES Homemaker/Companion Agencies are licensed by the State of Florida. Services provided include light housekeeping, meals, shopping and trips outside the home. These services can also be offered by a home health agency. A homemaker/companion service is prohibited by Florida law from providing hands-on personal care. “Personal care” means assistance with ADLs such as dressing, bathing, eating, personal hygiene, physical transfer & ambulation, and administering medications. Personal care is to be provided by HHAs and CNAs working for Home Health Agencies & nurse registries. Caregivers of agencies are required to have a level two fingerprint background check through the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (ACHA). HOME HEALTH AGENCIES Home Health Agencies deliver health and medical services and supplies through visits to www.PolkElderCare.com 37


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