Frequently Asked Questions about Home Health Care

What is Home Health Care?

Typically, adult home care is appropriate when a person can safely stay at home but still needs ongoing care that cannot be effectively provided solely by family and friends. Patients recover quicker, while maintaining their independence and dignity, in the familiar, comfortable surroundings of home, free from the stress and worry of caring for themselves or a loved one alone.

Dorset Area VNA & Hospice (DAVNAH) helps patients and families improve their health and teaches them to better manage their health care at home. Using the latest advances in medical technology, our compassionate team of highly trained nursing professionals, licensed therapists, social workers and home health aides can perform therapies and monitor patients in ways once reserved for hospital settings. As hospital stays decrease, more patients are recovering at home. With DAVNAH by your side, you will receive the highest quality health care in the comfort and security of your own home.

When you or a loved one need home care services it would be our privilege to serve you.

 Who needs home health care?

People of all ages with acute and chronic health care needs can receive home health care services. DAVNAH programs span a lifetime, from prenatal to end-of-life care. You can count on state-of-the art home health care to meet your individual medical needs.

  • Older Americans who have health problems, but who want to maintain their independence in their homes with the support of a professional caregiver.
  • Patients of all ages who return home after surgery, and need care, supervision or assistance.
  • Patients who have complex treatments that require use of medical equipment and/or medication monitoring.
  • Mothers and newborns, home from the hospital after 24 or 48 hours who are in need of further education, support and clinical assessment skills of a trained nurse.
  • Young adults, recovering from accidents or injuries, who can manage on their own – if they know an experienced healthcare worker will be there when needed.
  • Mentally ill adults who need support to remain in the mainstream of their community
  • Adults who want their parents to have quality care at home.
  • And millions of Americans with chronic diseases and disabilities, like Alzheimer’s, heart failure, kidney disease, or diabetes, who need careful monitoring but do not want or need to enter a nursing home or skilled care facility.

What kinds of services can I expect from home health care agencies?

  • Skilled nursing
  • Chronic illness and disease management
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Medical social work services
  • Case management
  • Home health aide services

VNAs can also offer specialized home health care such as:

  • Parental and enteral nutritional therapy
  • Infusion therapy
  • Behavioral and mental health counseling
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Telemedicine
  • Vaccination
  • Home medical equipment
  • Educational advice
  • Wound care
  • Pain management
  • Home safety instructions

In addition to home care, DAVNAH provides additional health promotion and educational services in the community, such as:

  • Public immunization clinics: influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis A & B
  • Senior wellness programs
  • Prevention: influenza treatments, vaccine education, etc.
  • Travel health care
  • Breathe Easy program

Does DAVNAH also provide care for children and families?

We help families through pregnancy and early childhood with skilled nursing, and therapy services, including:

  • Maternal and child health nursing
  • Childbirth Education Classes
  • Pediatric hi-tech & rehabilitation services for children who need specialized high tech care and rehabilitation and for those living with a terminal illness.
  • Nurse-Family Partnership

Long Term Care

We work with participants to keep them independent, safe and comfortable in the place they call home.

  • Choices for Care is a program that provides chronic care services for long-term Medicaid eligible clients who wish to remain independently in their own homes.
  • DAVNAH’s traumatic brain injury program provides in-home support for individuals recovering from brain injuries
  • Our homemaker program supports low-income elders and disabled adults who need assistance with meal preparation, housework, errands and companionship.

End-of-life Care

Our compassionate end-of-life hospice experts provide comfort, pain relief and dignity for patients in the final stages of life and support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the individual and family members – wherever you call home. Our team includes:

  • Certified hospice nurses
  • Social worker
  • Spiritual care coordinator
  • Grief counselor
  • Home health aides
  • Trained volunteers

What about Non-Medical Care at Home?

DAVNAH’s CarePlus program provides personal home care services by the hour or round-the-clock.

  • 24 hour care
  • Companionship
  • Medication reminders
  • Bed and bath service
  • Light housekeeping
  • Meal preparation
  • Transportation
  • Shopping and errands

Who Pays for Home Health Care?

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health insurance policies cover most home care and hospice services when ordered by a physician. As a non-profit home health agency, DAVNAH works to provide home health services to all who need them. DAVNAH charges on a sliding scale for services not covered by insurance. For more information or assistance, please call us at 802.362-1200.

How do I Arrange for Home Care Services?

We have nurses specially trained to discuss your options, answer questions, arrange services, and clarify insurance coverage. Our goal is to work with you, your physician and other health care providers to deliver coordinated care, regardless of the simplicity or complexity of your needs. We can often begin home care services within 24 hours of receiving a referral. If needed, a DAVNAH nurse will make a no-charge evaluation visit to determine if home health services are necessary and how they might be useful.

Home care services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, depending on the needs of the patient. If you or a loved one could benefit by receiving services from Dorset Area VNA & Hospice, please call us at 802.362.1200 or visit us on the web at