Many people confuse the benefits available from Medicare with non-medical home care. In Colorado there are two classes of home care.
Class A is considered Skilled and also referred to as Home Health or Home Care, it includes Nursing Services, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Medical Social Services and a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Class B is considered non-medical Home Care and supports and compliments the Skilled Services of a Class A Agency, with additional hours to help seniors with Activities of Daily Living. These services are not covered under Medicare and therefore are private pay or may be covered under Long Term Care Insurance Policies.
Class A Skilled Services is designed to assist seniors with home care who are home bound, have been given a doctors script and will show improvement with skilled services. A senior must be over 65 years old to qualify for Medicare. Events that may trigger Skilled Home Health include; a fall that results in a broken hip or injured back, a serious UTI, Pneumonia, complications from one or more chronic diseases (COPD, Chronic Heart Failure, Diabetes, Cancer, stroke), issues related to ALS, Dementia or Parkinson's; anything that creates a hospital admittance that lasts for 3 or more days.
Class B Home Care provides customized assistance to our clients. We work alongside Skilled Home Health providing additional hours in the home, assisting with transfers, toileting, transportation, bathing and dressing, cooking, medication reminders, light cleaning, companionship, and a variety of other requested services.