FAQ’s About Home Care2

Who qualifies?

Although eligibility rules vary, all home care clients under Texas Medicaid are low-income and have serious medical needs and/or physical limitations. All home care services are authorized based on medical or functional necessity.

Does home care replace care provided by family members?

No. People who receive care from home care agencies or other paid caregivers often receive some or most of their care from family members. Paid care normally supplements, rather than substitutes for, unpaid care provided by family members.

Is home care cost-effective?

Yes. Research has shown that carefully designed and efficiently administered home care programs are cost-effective. For example, the Veterans Affairs (VA) Home-Based Primary Care program revealed a 24 percent savings using home care while decreasing hospital admissions by 31 percent and nursing home admissions by 25 percent.

Is home care only for older Texans?

No. Home care is available to Texans regardless of age. Children receive pediatric nursing and medically necessary therapies, such as speech, occupational and physical therapy. Adults of all ages, but primarily those with disabilities and seniors, receive nursing, therapies, and personal assistance services.

2“Introduction to Home Health Therapy.” Texas Association for Homecare and Hospice (n.d.): 1-2. TAHC-Issues. Texas Association for Homecare and Hospice, 7 Nov. 2013. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. <http://www.congressweb.com/tahc>.

“What Is Home Care?” What Is Home Care? (n.d.): 1-2. TAHC-Issues. Texas Association for Homecare and Hospice, 7 Nov. 2013. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. <http://www.congressweb.com/tahc>.

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