My father is 83 years old. My mother recently passed away. They live in the same house that I grew up in in Tennessee. He still drives even though his doctor told him he needed to stop. Recently my father has been coughing alot and his doctor ordered a nebulizer to help him stop coughing. I really feel the nebulizer is helping him as I drive over 20 minutes away to help him. I told a girlfriend that I have been doing the commute for the last week everyday and she mentioned getting a home care nurse. Can anyone tell me how I can get a nurse to come to the house to help him?
To qualify for Medicare services at home a skill is required. A skill is considered services that a registered nurse and/or a licensed therapists (occupational and physical therapists) can perform. A patient must be under the care of a physician and has had a face to face encounter within the last 60 days of a home health order being written or will see the patient within 30 days of receiving an order. Monitoring respiratory changes and teaching/educating a patient and family about disease management processes is a skill set covered by Medicare if appropriate and a patient meets the criteria covered by Medicare for services. I suggest calling your dad’s doctor whether it is a primary care physician or pulmonologist and let them know about the situation.
Yes, medicare does cover a visiting nurse to help if he has medicare. If your dad has another insurance I suggest still following up with the physician to see what home services your dad can get. Your dad to me may have perhaps has an exacerbation of asthma. Check with a physician to see what services are warranted.
My mom had gotten a visiting nurse to see her after she had hip surgery. She had fallen in front of my house last Spring. After the surgery the doctor sent her home with a nurse and therapist to come to her house. All of these services were arranged by the hospital. Not sure if this helps you or not but I would chat with the doctor to see if he can get help instead of driving back and forth.