Gulf County's Local Home Health Agency

Wewahitchka:(850) 639-3333

Port St. Joe:(850) 227-3331

FAQ

Do I Qualify?

Patients may only receive home health services under the direction of a physician. Click to download our printable Physician Referral Form.

A requirement to receive our service is that patients be homebound. The definition of “homebound” includes the following:

  • Having a disease process or physical disability that limits the ability to leave home on a regular basis.
  • Infrequent trips to the beauty shop or barber, grocery store, pharmacy, church, etc. are allowed as long as someone else is driving.
  • Not permitted to drive under any circumstances.
  • Must also have a qualifying skilled need. Common reasons a physician may prescribe home health services:
    • You are experiencing frequent falls
    • You are recovering from a surgical procedure
    • You have been newly diagnosed with a disease process and require education and frequent assessments by a healthcare professional
    • You have been prescribed new medications that require education and monitoring by a healthcare professional
    • You require IV therapy
    • You require TPN therapy
    • You are newly prescribed tube feeding
    • You have a new ostomy
    • You have wounds or pressure ulcers that require the intervention of nursing professionals and dressing changes

The patient’s physician, along with the registered nurse, will determine if criteria is met. The nursing staff will be glad to discuss conditions with the patient, or with his or her physician to assist in determining the need for home health care. And, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Qualifying Checklist:

  1. Must be considered homebound, regardless of insurance
  2. Must have an ordering physician willing to sign for HHC
  3. Must have a qualifying skilled need such as therapy after a joint replacement, new medication regimen, frequent falls, new disease process, IV therapy, wound care, catheter care
  4. Must choose to recover at home from a surgical procedure vs. extended hospital stay or rehabilitation facility
  5. Must give consent for the treatment to occur in home

What does homebound mean?

We follow medicare guidelines. Medicare defines homebound as having a disease process or disability that makes it both difficult and physically taxing to leave the home. Most absences should be medically related. You are allowed to make infrequent outings from the home such as leaving to get a haircut, to attend a church service, go to the grocery store or the pharmacy. However, you must not be physically capable of driving while receiving home health care services.


How do I know I can trust the staff entering my or my loved one’s home?

Each clinical employee of Anchor HomeCare “must clear a Level II” federal and criminal background screening, and must be deemed cleared prior to being allowed to enter your home. Also, the staff are periodically observed by management performing patient care in the home. Lastly, each patient is encouraged to call our office at any time with any questions or concerns about any of our staff members. Each concern will be individually addressed in a timely manner.


How much does home health care cost?

If you have traditional Medicare A & B, your home health care services will be covered 100% with no charges being billed to you. If you have a Medicare HMO or other private insurance policy you may have a deductible and co-pay per visit. These amounts will be determined during the precertification process prior to your admission and will be explained to you in detail.


Can you come to my home every day?

Unfortunately, no. Home health care is defined by Medicare as being intermittent in nature. This means less than daily. There are situations where the nurse may be sent daily for up to 2 weeks if certain medical criteria are met (such as with IV antibiotics). We do not perform any sitter or hourly type services. A private duty nurse would be required for that and is not covered under Medicare.


What services do you provide?

We provide a variety of services including Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Home Health Aide for ADL Assistance.


Do you provide Meals on Wheels or housekeeping services?

No. These services are part of the Senior Citizens Association in the county in which you reside. The nurse may make a referral on your behalf to your local Senior Citizens Association, but most often times there is a waiting list for these services.


Can you go to the store or pharmacy for me?

No. Home Health is only allowed to meet your medical needs in your own home.


What insurances do you accept?

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • Humana
  • Medicare

Medicare A is accepted with no co-pay or deductible required. Medicare HMO’s are precerted on an individual basis. With the advent of Medicare C Programs, there are numerous HMO’s with each one having different coverage. HMO’s must be precerted. Deductibles and co-pays may be required. BCBS of Florida require precertification. Deductibles and co-pays may be required. Contact us for additional information.

Note: Medicare HMO’s and BCBS of Florida referrals can only be accepted during normal business hours related to the pre-certification process. Other private insurances must be precerted prior to admission.