For a VA member to qualify for home health they must first visit with their primary care physician (PCP). Not all veterans are covered for certain home healthcare services and must get a physician’s order in which they are required to submit to their Care Manager/PSA with the VA Benefits Department.
Skilled home health nursing care is the provision of intermittent skilled services to a member in the home for restoring and maintaining his or her maximal level of function and health. Home Health nursing services are typically rendered in lieu of hospitalization, confinement in an extended care facility, or going outside of the home to receive nursing care. From dispensing medication to administering injections, skilled nurses and nurse aides provide follow-up care for homebound patients following a stay in a hospital or rehabilitation facility. These skilled nursing services may include: IV Infusion Therapy, Medication Management, Diabetic Management, Pediatrics, Wound Care, Wound Vaccinations, Cardiopulmonary Assessments, Pain Management, Incontinence, Catheter Care, Fall Prevention, Mobility Assistance, and insurance Assessment for Long-Term Care, if ordered by the physician and approved by the insurance.
The primary role of the Nurse Aides is to perform assistive duties; such as personal hygiene, grooming, transfers (bed to chair), range-of-motion exercises and to facilitate the proper positioning of the patient. In addition, the Nurse Aides are supervised by the Registered Nurses and help to assist them for the ongoing long term care of the homebound patient.
The primary role of the personal care attendant or caregiver is to provide non-medical assistance with activities of daily living. These activities can include things such as assistance with mobility, meal preparation, medication reminders, bathing, grooming, daily hygiene, toileting and incontinence, light housekeeping, laundry, companionship, cognitive assistance, running errands, and contributing to a positive living environment to enhance the patients quality of life and overall independence.
Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family member who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the members’ home. Even though many families take great joy in providing care to their loved ones so that they can remain in the comfort of their own home, the physical, emotional and financial burden for the family caregiver or personal care attendant can become overwhelming without some type of support service, such as respite care.