Home Care Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between “skilled” and “unskilled” medical care?

Skilled medical care describes services that need to be completed by a nurse or therapist. These include but are not limited to: physical, speech or occupational therapies, wound care, medication management, and IV services. It is prescribed as part of a care plan usually following a hospitalization, rehabilitation or a stay at a skilled nursing facility. We deliver services that enable elderly, chronically ill, disabled, and recuperating patients to receive the care they need in the comfort and privacy of their home. All of our services are provided with one goal in mind: to promote the highest degree of recovery, comfort, and independence.

Unskilled medical care describes services that are completed by a home health aide or companion. These include but not limited to: personal care needs, errands, and meal preparation. This can be provided by our CareConnect division.

Will my doctor be a part of the process?

A physician does need to be involved in planning the care for a patient in their home. The physician can be your primary family physician or a specialist.

What qualifications does your staff have?

Every person we hire goes through an application process which allows our agency to select only those that meet our high standards of service. Each one passes a written test, skills check, completes a background check and drug screen prior to providing care to our clients. All staff are bonded and insured.

Are you a certified Agency?

Yes, Arista Home Care Solutions is certified with both Medicaid and Medicare.

Medicare

Covers 100% of homecare services for a 60-day episode of care, with the ability to be extended if deemed medically necessary. To qualify for Medicare-covered home healthcare, the following criteria must be met:

  • The healthcare organization must be a Medicare-certified agency
  • A patient’s physician must create a plan of care and review their progress according to that plan
  • Physician must write skilled nursing orders, certifying the patient requires intermittent skilled services
  • Patient must be homebound during skilled nursing care. Click here to see criteria for homebound status and more information on Medicare guidelines

Medicaid

This federal and state program has income requirements. Medicaid will cover homecare services at 100%, and does not require the patient to be homebound to qualify for skilled nursing care coverage.

Call to see if we are in-network with your insurance provider.

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