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Certified Home Health Agency

Have you considered that home health care may be the answer to your particular needs? Home care includes a range of medical, social, assistive and other services provided in an individual’s home when a person needs follow‐up care after a hospital visit or requires long term care.

 The Certified Home Health Agency at Sullivan County Public Health Services is ready to provide you with many of the health services you need, right in your own home.  Our agency provides a range of medical, social, assistive and other services provided in your home when you or your loved one needs care. 

Whether the health care you need is short or long term, basic or more complex, home health care is something to be considered. These comprehensive services are provided by nurses, therapists, home health aides and other direct‐care staff under the direction of a physician’s order. The focus of these patient‐centered services includes prevention, recuperation, and/or an alternative to higher‐cost institutional care that would otherwise be provided in a hospital or nursing facility.

Generally, home care services are appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home, or is homebound, but needs ongoing care.

 Patients receiving home care include: newborns and mothers eligible for maternal infant care services; young children and adults in need of at‐home therapy or advanced technology‐based care and support; elderly patients who benefit from the services of a skilled nurse to help treat chronic medical conditions; patients receiving wound care following surgery; or individuals with disabilities who may be homebound and require assistive services to meet activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, and other forms of self‐care.

Sullivan County Public Health Services is the sole Certified Home Health Agency in the county.  We provide a wide range of health and social services to persons recovering from an illness or injury, or persons who are disabled and/or chronically ill.

We accept commercial insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and sliding scale fees.
 

REFERRALS ARE ACCEPTED FROM: Self/Family, Physicians, Nursing Homes, Hospital Discharge Planning, Rehabilitation Centers and Community Agencies.

Be sure to check out the 
CHHA program's FAQ!

For information about our services, contact us at any time. A supervisor is always available to respond to your questions or concerns.  845-292-5910.


Be sure to check out the CHHA program's FAQ!

For information about our services, contact us at any time. A supervisor is always available to respond to your questions or concerns.  845-292-5910.

CHHA FAQ's

The mission of Sullivan County Public Health Services is to protect and promote the health of Sullivan County residents. 

Q1. What services are available through the home care agency? 

Answer: The home care agency is able to provide the services of registered nurses, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, medical social workers, and home health aide care. All services are provided in the home.


Q2. Who pays for the services? 

Answer: The agency, by law, is required to charge for the home visits made. Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies pay for home health care. The extent of the payment varies from insurer to insurer. No one is denied services for lack of insurance coverage or inability to pay.


Q3. Are there any restrictions for providing care at home? 

Answer:

Yes, there are restrictions.

  1. Persons receiving home health care must be under the care of a physician.
  2. Medicare requires that the person be confined to their home. This means that the person is not able to leave their home without actual physical assistance and that it is taxing for the person to leave the home.
  3. Medicare also requires that the care received in the home be intermittent and skilled. Intermittent means that the visits are not prolonged in time or duration of service is not prolonged. Skilled means that the needs of the patient require the knowledge and skills of a professional nurse or therapist. The nurse and/or therapist will teach the patient or family how to provide the care necessary.
  4. Some insurance companies pay for home care only if "in lieu of hospitalization." this means that if you were not receiving the care at home you would need to be in the hospital to receive the care.

Q4. What type of persons receive home care? 

Answer:

The agency provides services to any county resident that meets the requirements for receiving home care. Our Registered professional nursing staff is certified in CPR,  performs phlebotomy (drawing blood for physician ordered laboratory tests), administers injections, performs IV therapy, care for tracheostomies and respirator dependent patients, perform wound care dressings including vacuum assisted wound closure, change urinary catheters, manage Pleurx and Tenckhoff drain catheters, provide comprehensive assessments as well as many other skills. The nurses teach patients and families how to provide care competently and safely in the home.

The therapists perform evaluations of patient need and ability in the home setting. By creating personalized home exercise programs, assisting with obtaining equipment, and transitioning care to outpatient services when appropriate they assure that the patient attains their maximum level of functioning and independence.

Medical Social Workers: The MSWs work to resolve our clients’ social and emotional problems that are anticipated to be a challenge in an effective treatment of the client’s medical condition or rate of recovery.    Our MSW’s assess the social and emotional factors related to the patient’s illness, need for care, the client’s response to treatment and adjustment to care,  and assist with the relationship  of the client’s  medical and nursing requirement to the patient’s home situation financial resources and availability of community resources.  

The home health aides are under the supervision of the registered nurse. The home health aide focus is on personal care, or actual hands on assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, and exercise, and as time permits, housekeeping.  In order to receive home health aide services you must qualify for a skilled nursing need.  For those who do not qualify, the agency will provide you with community resources to assist in locating the services you are requesting.


Q5. How do I get further information or request services? 

Answer:

Just call us! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our number is (845) 292-5910. After hours, holidays and weekends there is a supervisor on call. The supervisor can be reached at (845) 292-5910.