HSHS Home Care Central Illinois provides care for recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill persons. There are no restrictions by diagnosis or age group.

​Home health is a covered benefit under Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Depending on your age, diagnosis or ability to pay, you may qualify for programs administered by the state of Illinois. Patients may also pay privately for home health services. HSHS Home Care Central Illinois will help confirm coverage before services are provided.

Services 

  • Skilled nurses who evaluate, monitor and teach you about your medical condition and administer IV medication, tube feedings and provide wound care.

  • Home health aides provide personal care (such as bathing and grooming), assist with therapy exercises and help more health nurses and therapists provide patient care.
  • Physical therapists use exercises and special equipment to help reduce pain and restore mobility, strength and balance.
  • Occupational therapists help patients overcome or live with disabilities by teaching them to use special techniques or equipment in the home to perform tasks like bathing, cooking, dressing, etc. 
  • Speech-language therapists will evaluate and develop a treatment plan to improve speech, language, processing and swallowing.
  • Social work services provide patient counseling and referrals to community agencies for caregivers, financial assistance and transportation.
  • Chaplain services are available for spiritual support.
  • Patient and caregiver education is in every treatment plan and is a very important part of home health care.

Specialty services

  • Advanced wound care
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Fall risk assessment
  • Home infusion/IV service
  • Hospice/palliative care
  • Maternal/perinatal services
  • Pain management
  • Pediatric care
  • Stroke care

Who qualifies for home health?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services states that for a patient to be eligible to receive covered home health services, a physician must certify that the patient is confined to his or her home. An individual is considered “confined to the home” (homebound) if he or she:
 
  1. Because of illness or injury, needs the aid of supportive devices such as crutches, canes, wheelchairs and walkers; the use of special transportation; or the assistance of another person in order to leave their place of residence OR
  2. Have a condition such that leaving his or her home is medically contraindicated.

In addition, there must exist a normal inability to leave home, and leaving home must require a considerable and taxing effort.

Please note, an individual may still qualify for home health care if he or she leaves home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending religious services.

If you believe you or someone you know may qualify for home health services, please call our intake team at (217) 525-5641 for more information.

 

Referrals

HSHS Home Care Central Illinois accepts referrals from physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, community agencies and members of the community. We see patients in 14 counties in central Illinois.


To learn more, call (217) 525-5641.