What is home health care?

Home health care consists of a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care consists of Skilled Nursing, Certified Home Health Aides, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Medical Social Services. These services are administered in the patient’s home by professional home health care staff.

Guidance Home Health, in collaboration with the client’s physician, will develop a specific Plan of Care specifically made to meet the individual needs of the client.

Who is eligible for home health services?

Clients with limited physical abilities that wish to stay in their home environment while receiving medical treatment are eligible for home health. Medicare guidelines require:

  • A physician’s order and a skilled nursing need in addition to homebound status.

  • You must need one or more of the following skilled needs that require the attention of a professional: skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy.

  • The home care agency caring for you must be Medicare-certified.

  • Homebound does not mean “housebound” but leaving the home takes considerable and taxing effort and the patient must require assistance to leave the home. 

Medicare pays for 100% of home care services and private insurance companies may cover a range of home care services. For Medicare, the patient will not be billed. If a patient only has private insurance, a patient might be billed a portion of the fee not covered by the insurance plan. You will be notified if there is a portion that will not be covered by your insurance plan or Medicare upon admission.

How do you get home health services?

Home Health is prescribed by the Patient’s doctor.

Your physician will call or fax us an order, or prescription, for home care services that identifies which services are indicated. We will have the admitting clinician call and set up an appointment time that is agreeable to perform your admission. You may also contact us directly and we can coordinate services with your doctor.

The patient’s specific Plan of Care will be monitored regularly and any changes in condition will be communicated immediately to your physician.

What are the benefits of home health services?

In addtion to the patient receiving quality treatment in the security, privacy, and comfort of their home with the family’s active involvement and support, there are many benefits to receiving medical care in the home.

The primary benefits of home health care include:

  • Delivered in the comfort of the patient’s home
  • Easier for family and friends to visit and see the patient
  • Promotes healing and provides more safety from infections
  • Allows more freedom and independence
  • More affordable than inpatient care
  • Tailored to the needs of each individual patient
  • Reduces re-hospitalizations


With home health care, families that are unable to serve as primary caregivers have the benefit of knowing that their loved ones are receiving professional, compassionate, and personalized care in the convenience of their own homes.


Why is home care by Guidance Home Health Services best for you?

Guidance Home Health strives to maintain a personal touch with each patient under our care.  We value strong relationships and treat our patients like we would treat our own family. Our highly professional and qualifed staff is trained to provide our clients with the best care possible. The Guidance Home Health team is available to serve your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How can I get home health from Guidance Home Health Services?

Guidance Home Health Services provides quality home care services in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. We are proud to serve seniors in the following counties:

  • Dallas County

  • Tarrant County

  • Denton County

  • Collin County

  • Rockwall County

  • Kaufman County

  • Ellis County

  • Johnson County