When a patient has experienced an illness, hospitalization or surgery, and this requires recovery or healing, or when there is a new health care diagnosis that calls for a change in daily lifestyle, home health care may be appropriate.

Some key determining factors for eligibility include:

  • Walking assistance is required.
  • To leave the home, assistance is required due to a medical condition.
  • Ability to leave the home is limited due to multiple diseases or recent diagnoses.
  • Limits on physical mobility due to stroke or general weakness.
  • Chronic illness with periods of instability.
  • Surgery which was recent or is scheduled.
  • Being on oxygen.
  • Falls which are frequent.
  • Due to immobility or changes in condition, anxiety or psychological challenges have developed.
  • Changes in several medications.
  • Multiple visits to the emergency room (ER) or admission to the hospital.
  • Weight loss which is unintentional.
  • Breathing difficulty.
  • Pain which is poorly controlled.
  • Daily wound care or treatments.
  • Infection that complicates the wound-healing process.
  • Challenges with nutritional or fluid assessment needs or management.
  • Advanced neurological disease.

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