FAQs and Resources
Deciding whether you or your loved one should start home health care can be a difficult decision and finding the right provider can feel confusing. Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home’s service are here to help.
We’re available to answer any questions you may have and provide resources and tools to help navigate the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Home health care focuses on treating and managing an illness, injury, or medical condition that may or may not follow a hospital stay or medical diagnosis. Home health care is delivered directly to a patient in their home by licensed medical professionals including nurses, therapists and home health aides. Care centers on helping patients maintain or regain their independence.
You may qualify for home health care if:
- You have recently been discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation facility
- You have been told by your physician that you need physical, occupational or speech therapy
- You are unsteady on your feet or fearful of falling
- You are unsure of how to manage your medications
Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home offers a full range of medical assistance and rehabilitative services to assist in your recovery and to enhance independent disease management from your own home.
- Skilled nursing
- Physical, occupational and speech-language therapy
- Cardiac and pulmonary care
- Wound care
- Infusion services
- Medication management
- Pain management
- Patient education to promote self-management
- Telehealth/remote monitoring
- Treatment for balance/fall prevention
Home health care provides medically necessary services that are prescribed or ordered by a physician. It does not provide services such as cooking, cleaning or bathing. To qualify for home health services, patients must meet the “homebound” requirements to qualify for Medicare, which means their condition prevents them from being able to safely leave the home without assistance.
Several organizations provide health-related information, counseling, referrals or written materials upon request. None, however, will directly diagnose or recommend treatment.
Home Care Online
The National Association for Home Care’s virtual headquarters; NAHC is committed to representing the interests of the home care and hospice community.
Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
The online resource for the Massachusetts home health community.
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing
The mission of the Board of Registration in Nursing is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth through the fair and consistent enforcement of the statutes and regulations governing nursing practice and education.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
“Helping people lead healthy lives in healthy communities”
Mass DocFinder Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine Physician Profile System
Search your doctor’s name and learn about their education and training, awards and publications, insurance plans accepted and malpractice and disciplinary histories.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is dedicated to improving the quality of legal services for seniors and people with disabilities. Find an experienced NAELA member attorney here.