Patient Experience

Homecare Eligibility

There are several requirements for receiving home healthcare:

  • Homebound: Leaving the home presents a hardship for the patient. Patient leaves home primarily to receive medical care. Walking or moving requires assistance or an assistive device (wheelchair, walker, etc).
  • Skilled Service Needed: Skilled medical care is necessary and can only be provided by an RN, LPN, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech therapist.
  • Reasonable and Necessary: The patient needs treatment that requires skilled interventions.
  • Intermittent and Part-Time: The patient has an ongoing need for professional skilled services on an intermittent or part-time basis.
  • Face-to-Face Encounter: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires a face-to-face physician encounter to certify patients for homecare services.
  • Authorization and Care of a Physician: The homecare orders must be written and signed by a licensed physician. A physician must also be willing to follow the patient's care at home during the course of treatment.

 

Your Care Team

AlphaCare team members visit patients on average 2-3 times a week. During the first visit to your home, you will talk with your nurse or therapist to determine the number of visits needed each week. You may not all of our services. A home care team member will inform you of the services you may need.