Home Care and Recovery
According to a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Managed Care, people who don’t receive home care after a hospital discharge are twice as likely to be rehospitalized as those who do get home care.
At VNS Health, we make it easy for you to refer patients and clients to home care — so they can get the care they need to heal and recover at home.
Home Care Eligibility Criteria
For eligible home care patients, VNS Health can provide skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapy, social work and behavioral health care, and guidance with advance care planning.
Our home care services support patients in all stages of recovery and treatment. Skilled nursing from the VNS Health Home Care team can:
- Assess health status, and monitor and treat pain and symptoms
- Coordinate care across disciplines and transitions of care
- Educate patient and family about self-care, disease treatment, and prevention
- Reconcile and monitor complex medication regimens
- Provide specialized care for patients with high risk of hospitalization, including care for postsurgical wounds and other complex treatment needs
Criteria for VNS Health Home Care
Your patient may be eligible for home care if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Is recovering from acute illness
- Has a disability
- Is depressed
- Is cognitively impaired
- Requires post-operative care, such as wound or catheter care
- Must follow complex medication plans
- Has somewhat reduced abilities, but chooses to live independently at home
- Needs assistance with activities of daily living with registered nurse supervision
- Requires physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language therapy
- Is homebound as defined by Medicare
Criteria for VNS Health Rehabilitation Therapy
PT = physical therapy
OT = occupation therapy
SLP = speech-language pathology
|If your patient has difficulty with:||They may be eligible for:|
|Ambulation (gait abnormality, new assistive device)||PT|
|Going up or down stairs||PT|
|Balance (fall risk or history of falls)||PT|
|Bed mobility (scooting, turning, sitting up)||PT/OT|
|Transfers (toilet, tub, sit to stand)||PT/OT|
|Weakness or deconditioning||PT/OT|
|Safety (concerns about living alone)||PT/OT|
|Dyspnea/difficulty breathing at any level||PT/OT|
|Cardiopulmonary conditions (pre-/postsurgery, endurance issues, energy conservation, activity modification)||PT/OT|
|Confusion at any level, including memory problems||SLP/OT|
Medicare Definition of Homebound
If your patient is using Medicare or some commercial/managed care insurance plans, they must be homebound to receive home care services.
Homebound is when a patient is unable to leave their home without considerable and taxing effort. They must also meet criterion 1 and criterion 2:
They need the aid of one of these supportive devices or modes due to illness or injury:
- Special transportation
- Help from another person to leave home, including for cognitive or psychiatric concerns
They have a condition that makes leaving home medically not recommended.
They have symptoms that make leaving home a significant effort. Examples include:
- Shortness of breath
Keep in mind — patients may still be considered homebound even if they can leave the home infrequently for short excursions or for health care needs. Some examples include:
- Religious services
- Short walks, such as around the block
- Family events, such as funerals or graduations, or other unique events
- Outpatient kidney dialysis, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy
Refer a Patient to Home Care
Refer a Patient Online
Submit your home care referral online.
Refer a Patient by Phone
To refer a patient for home care by phone, call 1-866-632-2557.
Refer a Patient by Fax
Download the home care referral form and fax it to 1-212-290-3939.