Tag Archives: In-Home Care

Providence Hospice awarded provisional license in Indiana

TINLEY PARK, Ill. (September 2016) — Providence Hospice was awarded its provisional license by the state of Indiana on Friday, Sept. 16, and is expected to begin serving clients within the next few days. The provisional license is good for 90 days, during which the division will undergo a state survey and a Joint Commission survey. If it goes well, the state survey will result in an official license, while the Joint Commission survey will result in accreditation and a Medicare certification. There are already hospice employees in place, ready to serve Indiana clients — Providence has hired two RNs (a clinical supervisor and a case manager), a medical director, a chaplain and a social worker to be part of the team. The process for obtaining the Indiana license began in the spring. “We started putting the pieces together and laying out a timeline in February,” said Richard Nolden, Vice President of Healthcare Strategy at Providence. “We saw a need for hospice in the area, and in light of the opening of Park Place of St. John, we felt that it would complete our continuum of services offered in Indiana.” Providence at Home will work alongside Park Place of St. John […]

Providence At Home Earns Gold

TINLEY PARK, ILL. (August 2014) — Providence At Home’s Home Health and Hospice care services have once again received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation, demonstrating a continued commitment to excellence in care. This year, for the first time, the division also applied for and received accreditation for its private duty services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission holds health facilities to a high standard, going far beyond what is required by the state in all areas of care. Providence at Home has been accredited for its Home Health program for 19 years, and Providence Hospice has been accredited for nine years. “There are new standards and requirements constantly,” says Ann O’Heir, Vice President of Home and Community-Based Services for Providence at Home. “It takes us to a higher level or standardization, a higher level of quality. It takes more staff, more documentation, more training and education to become accredited.” Accreditation was awarded only after an intensive, five-day survey, an on-site evaluation that includes a review of all policies and human resources records, as well as staff interviews and patient visits. Accreditation is both very important and completely voluntary. “Insurance companies and hospitals only want to […]

Hiring In-Home Help:
things to be aware of

When you start noticing that Mom or Dad needs a little extra help with the activities of daily living, researching retirement communities is not the only option. Many people hire a private duty caregiver for a few hours at a time, and that’s enough to keep their parents safe in their own home. Private Duty refers to unskilled or unlicensed help. A Private Duty service can take care of light housekeeping, meal preparation, laundry, and errand-running. When you start researching Private Duty options online, you might notice that there are two basic “delivery” options for the care you’re looking for: “independent” or “agency.” An independent caregiver is someone you pay directly for care, as opposed to paying an agency to send one of their caregiving employees. Paying an independent caregiver is usually less expensive, but the risks can be higher. Consider the following: 1. Taxes Agency: When you hire through an agency, the agency assures that the legal requirements for taxes are properly addressed. Independent: If you hire an independent caregiver, IRS regulations classify you as that person’s employer, and you become liable for: Social Security taxes Unemployment compensation Payroll taxes Interest on any payments owed Possible civil fines of […]

Understanding In-Home Care:
a caregiver’s introduction

When you or your parents arrive at a point where some in-home help would make life easier, there is a lot of information and jargon to sift through. Understanding some of the terms used by home health agencies and private duty services can give you more confidence when you start researching your options. Types of In-Home Care The three main categories of home- and community-based services are Private Duty, Home Health, and Hospice. Some of the confusion happens because there is often some overlap within these three categories. Private Duty Private Duty usually refers to “non-medical” services such as the following, which are provided by non-licensed caregivers: Medication reminders Bathing assistance Morning and evening care (grooming and dressing) Transportation Help with laundry, meal preparation, errand-running, and more But there is also a category of Private Duty that includes medical care provided by a licensed nurse, such as: Medication set-ups and administration Injections Wellness checks Help with feeding tubes Private Duty services are not covered by Medicare or Private insurance though may be covered by some long term care policies. Home Health The Home Health category includes licensed medical services provided by registered nurses or licensed therapists. Skilled Nursing care, wound […]