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Edina Minneapolis and the West Metro

what is home care

Homewatch CareGivers of Edina & the West Metro home care holds a comprehensive home care license and we are regulated by the Minnesota Department of Health. This licensure means that we are able to provide a wide variety of services from transportation and chores around the house to assistance with personal cares, medication management, registered nurse services as well as specialty care for people living with chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Dementia, COPD and Parkinson’s disease. Comprehensive agencies are also able to provide physical, occupational and speech therapies if they choose to do so and many of these services can be covered by Medicare/Medicaid, however additional certifications are required.

At Homewatch CareGivers of Edina & the West Metro, we choose to utilize the scope of our license to focus on personal care rather than the therapeutic care often covered through Medicare certification. Instead, we work in tandem with medicare-certified home health care organizations that do provide physical, occupational or speech therapies as well as hospice care. These therapies generally require a doctor’s order and are intermittent and short term. It might be that a PT comes twice per week for an hour per session, however they aren’t going to assist with bathing, grooming or dressing while they are in the home. Hospice care might include twice a week bathing assistance, but they aren’t available for more than a couple of hours at a time and they don’t provide home maintenance, meal preparation, transportation or medication management. Medicare doesn’t pay for extended or long term care or for certain tasks such as home maintenance. So home care can be used to fill in all the gaps not covered by Medicare. At Homewatch CareGivers of Edina home care, we recommend that our clients take advantage of all “covered services” that are available to them first – then develop a schedule with us to fill in all the other care needs. That can range from a few hours a few days a week to 24/7 care.

How do home care and home healthcare work together?

A home healthcare agency that offers therapeutic types of care can change your loved one’s therapy if it’s not working, and caregivers with a partner home care agency are there to encourage them to accomplish those therapies. RN’s from both agencies coordinate client care, prescription and pain management and our caregivers report any changes in condition to both agencies. At Homewatch CareGivers' our person-directed approach to caregiving helps an individual to the best of their current abilities so that they continue to feel empowered and fulfilled.