Home Care Services

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“RiverStone Health Home Care is the only home health care I would ever have.

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Home Care Services

RiverStone Health Home Care Services has served our Yellowstone County community for more than 40 years.

Our community-based program was the first in Montana to be recognized for excellence by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP).

RiverStone Health Home Care Services may be requested by physicians, the patient or family member, or a hospital discharge planner. Through consultation with the patient’s healthcare provider, a plan of care is developed to meet the patient’s individual healthcare needs.

Cost of services may be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or private pay.

Our Team of Caring Professionals:

  • Medical Director works with your primary care provider and our interdisciplinary team to oversee all medical care.
  • Skilled nurses are trained and experienced in wound care, medication education and symptom management.
  • Skilled therapists provide physical therapy, occupational and speech therapy to educate patients and caregivers on movement, strength or adaptive equipment to regain the ability to do normal daily activities such as eating and dressing.
  • Certified home health aides assist with personal care.
  • Medical social workers help patients find the resources and assistance they need.
  • 24 hour on-call nursing services are available for urgent needs.

Home Care Frequently Asked Questions

Our team approach eases the move from a hospital or nursing facility to your home.

A nurse or therapist does a thorough interview and evaluation during the first visit to your home, to come up with a coordinated and proactive approach to your care. We partner with your medical providers to promote your health. Our team approach eases the move from a hospital or nursing facility to your home. We’ll also actively engage you and your family, or caregivers, in learning how to help you stay healthy.

Your care plan is tailored to meet your needs. First, a nurse or therapist evaluates your needs. Then, we’ll work with your doctor and you to develop your personal plan. Your doctor-ordered care plan determines the services we can provide. We’ll keep your doctor updated on your progress. If your needs change, we’ll work with you and your doctor to review and adjust your care plan.

Your doctor’s orders in your personal care plan determine the services available and the frequency of home healthcare visits. If your condition changes, your doctor may change your care plan.

Certainly, we would be honored to provide services. Federal law gives Medicare patients the freedom to choose their healthcare provider.

You may be able to receive home healthcare if:

  • A doctor prescribes home healthcare.
  • You need either skilled nursing care on an intermittent basis or therapy services such as physical therapy or speech therapy.
  • You are “homebound,” restricted in your ability to leave home, and a doctor must certify your homebound status.

Generally, you’re considered homebound if you have a condition due to an illness or injury that restricts your ability to leave home without another person’s help or the aid of a supportive device, such as a cane or walker. In other words, if leaving home requires considerable and taxing effort or if leaving home is medically inadvisable, you may be considered homebound.

You can still be considered homebound if you leave home as often as you need for medical treatment which cannot be provided at home. Some brief and infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending church, getting a haircut, or traveling to occasional family gatherings are also permitted under the definition of homebound.

If your doctor certifies that you need it, and if you meet certain eligibility requirements, Medicare may pay for your home healthcare. Montana’s Medicaid Program or your private insurance also may cover home healthcare, or some services that Medicare doesn’t cover. We coordinate our billing with many sources, including Medicare, Medicaid, managed care insurances, long-term care insurances, and Workers’ Compensation. We also accept private payment for services and offer a sliding fee scale for those who qualify.

We provide home care to you wherever you call home. It can be your house, an apartment, a relative’s home, a group home, or assisted living. Home healthcare services cannot be provided in a hospital, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or intermediate care facility (ICF).

Home health care provides medical treatment for an illness or injury, to help you recover, regain your independence and become as self-sufficient as possible. Home healthcare can also help you manage a chronic condition, like heart disease, diabetes, pain management or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If your doctor orders it, your care plan may also include some personal care services, like help in bathing or getting dressed.

A registered nurse or licensed practical nurse provides skilled nursing services like tube feedings, catheter changes and wound care. Skilled therapy services include speech therapy to regain language skills; physical therapy to regain movement or strength; or occupational therapy, to regain the ability to do normal daily activities such as eating and dressing.

Non-skilled services from medical social workers and home health aides are allowed only if one of the other skilled services is also seeing the patient. Medical social workers provide assistance with long-range planning (e.g. assistance with completing powers of attorney, applying for Medicaid) and community resources (e.g. Meals on Wheels and other resources through the Council on Aging, paid caregivers, and Assisted Living Facilities). Certified home health aides assist with personal care.

Our goal is to begin providing you with home care services as soon as possible, often within 48 hours.

Hospice care provides care and comfort to those with a terminal illness. Home care provides medical treatment to help you recover from an illness or injury, or help you live with a chronic condition.

RiverStone Health Home Care Services sets a standard in meeting the challenges of caring for individuals who are recovering from illness or surgery in their home surroundings. We are recognized for our standard of excellence by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). In a national comparison, RiverStone Health Home Care Services ranks high in preventing hospitalizations. Studies show that quality home care can significantly reduce expense by preventing repeated trips to the emergency room.

Please call us at 406.651.6500 if you have additional questions about your specific situation.

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