Tuesday, March 22, 2011

1 in 2 Home Health Care Agency patients gets better at getting in and out of bed

Medicare Getting out of Bed
In order to patients to qualified for home health orders, a physician order must state that the patient is home bound. That does not mean the patient can't ever leave the house for a doctor's appointment or short trip.
Per the Medicare Home Care Guide Book: (page 5) You must be "homebound, and a doctor must certify that you’re homebound. To be homebound means the following: Leaving your home isn’t recommended because of your condition.

Your condition keeps you from leaving home without help (such as using a wheelchair or walker, needing special transportation, or getting help from another person). Leaving home takes a considerable and taxing effort. A person may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending religious services. You can still get home health care if you attend adult day care, but you would get the home care services in your home."

It only makes sense that one of the goals of the home health agency visits is to help the patient become more independent and that includes helping them get better at getting in and out of bed. Patients are assessed at the beginning and end of home health care services. A patient that improves will have a lower score when home care ends than when they started.

Assessment scores range from:
0 Able to independently transfer
1 Transfers with minimal human assistance or use of an assistive device.
2 Unable to Transfer but is able to bear weight and pivot during transfer process.
3 Unable to Transfer and is unable to bear weight or pivot when transferred by another person.
4 Bedfast, unable to transfer but is able to turn and position self in bed.
5 Bedfast –unable to transfer or turn or position self in bed.

The national average for home health care patients who get better at getting in and out of bed is 54%.

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