Q: Why will Homeland Center be offering Homeland HomeHealth and Homeland HomeCare to provide assistance to clients in their homes?
A: Pennsylvania has 2.2 million residents 65 or older and by 2030 that number is expected to increase to 4 million – 29 percent of the state’s population, according to the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. At the same time, repeated studies, including one done by the AARP, find that the vast majority of seniors want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.
Our community’s increasing elderly population will place ever-increasing demands on home-based services, which is why Homeland HomeCare and Homeland HomeHealth are being created. Additionally, federal and state funding is increasingly emphasizing providing home-based care whenever possible as a way to stretch limited resources.
Initially, Homeland HomeHealth and Homeland HomeCare will be available to residents in Dauphin and Cumberland counties.
Q: What is the difference between home health and home care services?
A: Simply put, “home care’’ is non-medical care, while “home health’’ is provided by skilled nurses and other medical professionals at home to help you recuperate from an illness or injury.
Home care consists of help with everyday activities, such as light housekeeping, helping with outings and visits to friends, grocery shopping, pet care and the like. It can also provide a much-needed break for friends and family who are serving as primary caregivers. It is paid for by the client, either directly or through long-term care insurance.
Home health, which requires a doctor’s order and is usually covered by insurance or Medicare, is designed to help you or a loved one recover at home by providing a range of medical services. These services may include changing dressings; administering medications, including intravenous therapy; providing speech, physical or other therapy; and personal care needs such as bathing.
Q: When will the services be available?
A: Homeland HomeCare services will be available starting July 5th and Homeland HomeHealth, in the process of receiving its state license, is expected to begin accepting clients in the Fall of 2016.
For more information about the new services contact:
- Homeland HomeHealth: 717.412.0166 or www.homelandhomehealth.org
- Homeland HomeCare: 717.221.7892 or www.homelandhomecare.org
Q: Why is Homeland Center well-positioned to offer these services?
A: Homeland is the recognized leader in providing high quality care for our community’ seniors. Homeland Center is one of the skilled nursing care facilities in the region to repeatedly earn Medicare's top Five-Star rating. It has 50 personal care suites as well as 95 skilled nursing beds, including a special unit where individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases receive personalized care.
Homeland Hospice serves 13 counties throughout central Pennsylvania, providing end-of-life care either in a person’s home or wherever they reside, including nursing facilities. Last year, Homeland Hospice became the only service in central Pennsylvania to offer a pediatric hospice program, focusing on the special needs of children and their families.
Homeland views its mission as identifying the needs of the community and delivering quality care to meet those needs.
Q: Will the services adapt to the changing needs of an individual and their family?
A: It is expected that as someone’s health circumstances change, they may need one or more of the services Homeland provides, which is referred to as a continuum of care.
Here is an example based on a true set of circumstances:
We admitted a woman who had dementia. She had bumped her leg and developed a significant wound on her leg. Her physician had ordered a skilled nurse to visit to perform wound care and physical therapy to develop a home exercise program for strengthening. Due to the dementia, the family had private pay home care aides to assist her with her activities of daily living and companionship as she was not able to be by herself due to her dementia.
While we were seeing this patient her husband was diagnosed with cancer. His physician ordered skilled nursing to visit in the home to provide care to a drain that was placed in his abdomen. As his disease progressed, he too was provided with home care aid services for personal care.
The husband continued to decline and he was no longer able to participate in his wife’s care. She was then transferred to a skilled nursing facility. The husband eventually was transferred to hospice services and died peacefully at home as was his wishes.
In this example, the family would have utilized the services of HomeHealth, HomeCare, Skilled Nursing facility, and Hospice, all of which Homeland is able to offer the community.