Independent Health Care, Inc.
Medicare Certified Home Health Care Brings the Nurses, Therapists to You
When senior health care services at home are needed, you can count on our home health care professional staff to help you. Whether you are recovering from surgery or an acute illness or injury, or you are coping with a chronic illness, we can help. This may be after you have been discharged from a hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation center, or any time you are at home and in need of home nursing care.
Many more services are available from our home health care agency, too. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy all come to you. Additional in home health care for seniors includes medication management and health advocate, plus personal care such as bathing assistance.
We work directly with you, as well as hospital discharge planners, social workers, physicians, and other medical professionals throughout the greater Madison area and Dane County. It starts with a phone call from them, organizing your home care. We then send to you our Registered Nurse Medicare Specialist / Case Manager who conducts a comprehensive assessment. The assessment enables us to submit the requests to Medicare for your skilled services and therapy.
Your home health care solutions team may include several professionals, including Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists.
Home Health Care: How It Works
- A Registered Nurse Medicare Specialist / Case Manager coordinates in home care for seniors. This is done according to a personal plan authorized by your physician. Services may involve Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists as needed.
- Physical and Occupational Therapists are available to implement strengthening and exercise plans. This activity aims to improve joint and muscle function following surgery or a fall, or if you may be at increased risk of falling.
- Our Nurse Case Managers implement a comprehensive plan to address your health issues. This includes pain management and instruction, anti-coagulation therapy, catheter care, home safety, nutrition, post-surgical care, etc.
- Disease management and education are also available to help you care for a chronic illness.
- Independent Health Care, Inc. is a Medicare-certified, State of Wisconsin licensed Home Health Agency. We also accept clients with private insurance.
Please contact our home health director at 608.274.2097 to inquire about services from Independent Health Care or for assistance in scheduling a comprehensive assessment for in home senior health care.
Medicare Note: Your Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient Status Affects How Much You Pay for Services
Did you know that even if you stay in the hospital overnight, you might still be considered an outpatient? Did you know that inpatient or outpatient status affects how much you will be expected to pay? Plus, if you go from the hospital to a nursing home for recovery, your inpatient or outpatient status affects how much you may be expected to pay to the nursing home.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have a document that explains some of this. It’s worth your time to read it and know your rights.
Fall Risk Checklist
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. In this age group, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries.
The National Council on Aging says that every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 20 minutes, an older adult dies following a fall. More than 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for seniors age 65 and older, according to The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports that falls are the leading cause of accidental death among people age 65 and older. Half of all accidental deaths in the home are caused by a fall. Most fall injuries in the home happen at ground level, not from an elevation (National Floor Safety Institute).
To determine if you or someone you know might be risking a fall at home, review this checklist for fall risk.
Jenny, Admissions & Administrative Specialist