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Home health

Often, the best place for care and recovery is at home. This is especially true for individuals with new or chronic conditions, or who may be too ill to travel to the hospital. Our team of compassionate experts can deliver short-term skilled care in the comfort and privacy of your or your loved one's own home. This includes:

  • Wound care
  • Infusion therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education on your diagnosis, diet and medication
  • Other skilled services as prescribed by your doctor

Home health services

Recuperating from an illness or injury at home is made easier by:

  • Skilled nursing care: During home visits, a nurse will check on your health; do dressing changes; educate you and your family on your medications, diet and diagnoses; and carry out the care plan your provider ordered. Registered nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you need them. Learn more about our skilled nursing care.
  • Therapy: Our team includes physical, occupational and speech therapists.
  • Home health aides: Our aides focus on helping the patient regain their independence by educating the patient and their family on medications, diagnosis and diet. Home health aides have the goal of getting patients to a place of needing less assistance.

Because we’re a hospital-based agency, your home health team has quick access to other medical specialists, if needed.

Do I qualify for home health care?

Home health services require a doctor referral. You may qualify if you:

  • Cannot physically leave your home and are homebound
  • Can be safely cared for at home
  • Need the short-term skilled care of a registered nurse or physical therapist as a result of an injury, illness or surgery
  • Need services from a home health professional on an intermittent basis or have family members or caregivers who can be taught to provide ongoing care
  • Have Medicare

Home health referral information

A hospital discharge planner, a social worker, doctor or nurse can help arrange a referral. Intermittent home health services are prescribed by your doctor. Additionally, you or a family member can ask for an evaluation for home health care eligibility.

Most insurances pay for home health. This includes Medicare, medical insurance and private insurance. Grants and out-of-pockets payment can also be used.

A nurse or therapist will perform an evaluation visit to determine if you are eligible for services, as well as discuss your payment options.

Mercyhealth Home Health is non-for-profit, state licensed, and Medicare/Medicaid certified.

Contact us about home health services

In Jefferson, Rock or Walworth counties in Wisconsin, call 608.754.2201.

In Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and Ogle counties in Illinois, call 815.971.3550.