Daymarck Home Care Thought Leader Guest Posting
When Are Patients “Unsafe” for Home Care?
Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.
Discharge planners/case managers are likely to encounter instances in which home care, hospice, and home medical equipment (HME) providers state that they cannot accept patients because they are “unsafe” at home. The use of this term may be confusing to discharge planners/case managers. What is it about patients’ homes that make it “unsafe” for them to receive services there? Aren’t all patients appropriate for home care?
First, discharge planners/case managers may not have provided services in non-institutional settings. If so, it may be difficult to make a crucial distinction between institutional care and home health services.