For Physicians

When to refer patients for Home Health

  • Newly diagnosed medical conditions or complex, debilitating symptoms which require skilled monitoring and/or health teaching
  • Terminal illness with needs for symptomatic control – if not appropriate for hospice
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Open wounds, ulcers, or burns
  • Ostomies
  • Newly diagnosis or poorly controlled diabetes
  • Bedbound patient requiring teaching of family to manage dependent patient
  • Frequent admission to the hospital
  • Medications requiring monitoring (anticoagulant, antihypertensives, cardiac meds, analgesics, chemotherapeutic agents, etc.)
  • Need for exercise to improve ambulation, mobility, independence, safety, circulation or preparation for prosthesis
  • Patients needing dressing changes and/or monitoring of wounds following surgery
  • Patients with hydration and nutrition problems
  • TPN patient or family needs monitoring and instruction
  • Patients requiring infusion therapy for hydration or medication administration
  • Patients requiring durable medical equipment that may need physical therapy to train on the proper use of the equipment

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