Home Health

The Shannon County Home Health Agency was instituted in 1967 to provide skilled nursing and home health aide services to the residents of Shannon County and the surrounding area.  The agency still covers all of Shannon County and portions of eastern Texas County and western Reynolds County.  Although several other home health agencies have sprouted up over the last 50 years, we are proud to say that we are the only state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health agency based out of Shannon County and dedicated to serving the people of our community.

Many health care treatments that were once offered only in a hospital or a doctor’s office can now be done in your home.  Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.  In general, the goal of home health care is to provide treatment for an illness or injury.  Home health care helps you get better, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.

Medicare Home Health Benefit
Medicare pays for you to get certain health care services in your home if you meet certain eligibility criteria and if the services are considered reasonable and necessary for the treatment of your illness or injury.  This is known as the Medicare home health benefit.
If you have Medicare, you can use your home health benefits if you meet all the following conditions:

1. You must be under the care of a doctor, and you must be getting services under a plan of care established and reviewed regularly by a doctor.

2. You must need, and a doctor must certify that you need, one or more of the following.

  • Intermittent skilled nursing care
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech-language pathology services
  • Continued occupational therapy

3. 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.

Other funding sources for home health care include Medicaid, Veteran’s Administration, Workman’s Compensation, private insurance or private pay.  Check your insurance policy closely to see if you are covered for the home health benefit.

To make a referral or get more information contact Christy Boyer, Nursing Supervisor, at 573-226-3911 or 573-604-2161.

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