Home health agencies are the latest to become subject to the CMS’ five-star rating program,which is intended to help consumers compare the quality and safety of care they should expect from U.S. healthcare providers. Granite Falls Hospital Home Care is pleased to announce they are the recipient of this Five Star Rating program,the highest rating possible.
Star ratings for all Medicare-certified home health agencies for which there is adequate data is published on Home Health Compare.,Approximately 12 million people in the U.S. currently receive home care from more than 33,000 providers, which offer at-home services for acute, long-term and terminal health conditions.
The star ratings come as Home Health Agencies play an increasingly important role in caring for the elderly. Last year 3.4 million clients (often referred to as beneficiaries) received home health services, with nurses, aides,and physical, speech,and occupational therapists treating them in the home.
For both the government and clients,Home Health visits are one of the least expensive ways to provide medical care. Because the elderly tend to be less familiar with the reputation of Home Health agencies than they are with hospitals and other institutions, that makes evaluating quality particularly difficult for family members and guardians. It’s not like a nursing home, where you can go and walk and look around.
What Is Home Health Care?
Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive,more convenient,and often just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing facility (SNF). Some Examples of skilled Home Health services include: Wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound;Client and caregiver education; Intravenous or nutrition therapy; Injections and/or monitoring serious illness and unstable health status. The goal of home health care is to help you stay safe in your own home and reduce the risk of hospitalization.
Some examples of what the Home Health Staff does:
- Check what you’re eating and drinking
- Check your blood pressure,temperature, heart rate,and breathing
- Check that you’re taking your prescription and other drugs and any treatments correctly
- Ask if you’re having pain
- Check your safety in the home
- Teach you about your care so you can take care of yourself
- Coordinate your care. This means they must communicate regularly with you, your doctor, and anyone else who gives you care.
For information on comparing Home Health Agencies,you can check out Home Health Compare. This site allows you to select multiple agencies at a time to compare the clinical quality of care provided and client experiences at these agencies. The clinical information comes from data from the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS). The client experiences of care data come from the HHCAHPS (Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) Survey.
We want to thank everyone who received a survey, filled it out and returned it. It is you, our customers of Home Health Care, that made us eligible for this 5 Star Rating. The Granite Falls Health Home Care staff thank our Home Care clients, past and present, for allowing us to serve you.
If you are interested in learning more about Home Care services, please call Granite Falls Health Home Care at (320) 564-6226.