Medical Care

Home Health Care

Home health care services include skilled nursing at home; habilitation aides or home health aides (in some circumstances); and physical, occupational, and speech-language services.

Your child may be eligible for home health care services if he/she:

  • was born prematurely
  • needs technology in the home such as intravenous therapy or respiratory care (such as apnea monitoring, oxygen, Bipap, CPap, tracheostomy care, and/or ventilator support)
  • needs rehabilitation services in the home
  • has complex medical needs
  • has a health condition resulting in life expectancy that is shorter than other children.
  • is unable to travel to appointments

Health insurance plans may define those services covered by the plan.  In all cases, home health care services must be medically necessary to be covered by medical insurance.

The type and duration of home health services for which your child is eligible depends on your child’s medical needs and on the benefits provided by the health insurer. Health insurers may distinguish between home health/nursing “visits” and home health/nursing “staffing.”

To identify providers of home health care services for your child, start with the customer service department of your child’s health insurer.  You can also search online for home health care providers that accept your child’s health insurance. Be sure to talk with other parents about their experiences with the agencies that provide services for their children.

In order to choose a home health agency that will best meet your child’s and your family’s needs, ask the agency about:

  • history and experience with children with special needs
  • length of time that direct care and supervisory staff have worked for the agency
  • accreditations, including the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • types of insurance accepted
  • arrangements for on-call coverage, round-the-clock, 7 days a week
  • ability to find qualified staff to fill the shifts available
  • rates of “calling off” from scheduled shifts

Resource Contact Information

Providers of Home Health Care Services

Bayada Nurses
Care Unlimited
Continuum Nursing
Extended Family Care
Interim Pediatrics
Liken Health Care, Inc
Loving Care Agency of Pittsburgh
Maxim Healthcare Services, Skilled Homecare Division
PRN Health Service Inc.
Pediatric Services of America/PSA Healthcare