What is Home Health Care?

Home Health is medical care provided in your home by licensed skilled medical personnel.  It is based on a medical need that is determined by your doctor and can be an alternative to hospital or other institutional care.

What professionals make up the Home Health Care team?

The Home Health care team consists of physicians, nurses, home health aides, medical social workers, physical and occupational therapists, wound care nurses and other professionals who coordinate care based on individual needs.

Isn’t Home Health only for the elderly ?

No, although it’s true that many seniors require Home Health care, anyone who needs medical care, including babies and children, can benefit from Home Health care services.

How long does Home Health Care last?

Care can be short, intermittent, long term, or around the clock.

What are some examples of when Home Health Care would
be needed?

The need for care typically occurs after hospitalization or when a significant change in a medical condition occurs. Some examples are:

  • Returning home after surgery where physical therapy has been prescribed. 
  • A new medical condition where education and training are needed to learn how to best care for yourself.
  • Intravenous medications, complex wound care, ostomy care, catheter care, tracheostomy care, respiratory care or any condition where medical intervention is required.
I’ve heard you must be “homebound” to be eligible for Home
Health, what does this mean?

An individual is considered “homebound” or "confined to home" when their medical condition restricts their ability to leave their home, except with the assistance of another individual or supportive device. Leaving home would cause considerable and taxing effort due to your medical condition.

What are some advantages of Home Health Care?

Home Health Care is cost effective and allows a person to be discharged earlier from a hospital.  This type of care reduces hospital re-admissions and assists with a more rapid recovery. Most importantly, people are happier and recover faster at home.

Who pays for Home Health Care?

Medicare, MediCal and most insurance cover the cost of Home Health Care. In addition, Livingston VNA is the only non-profit agency in Ventura County, thus no patient is ever refused care due to the inability to pay.

How does Home Health Care start?

A physician, discharge planner or health care clinician can initiate service.  A physician’s order and oversight are required and once the order is received, a home visit is made to coordinate a treatment plan, called a "plan of care".

Can I choose any agency I want?

While a physician must prescribe care, the patient always has the right to select the provider of his/her choice.

What should I look for in choosing the right agency?

You want to choose a licensed, certified full service Home Health agency that provides a continuum of care. Choose an agency that provides all the necessary services; from the most basic care to the most complex. Here are some important questions to consider:

How long has the agency been serving the community?

Livingston VNA has been providing care to Ventura County residents for over 65 years.

Is the agency a Certified Medicare/MediCal agency?

Livingston VNA is a Certified Medicare/MediCal agency which means it adheres to the strict government requirements and regulations.

What other services does the agency offer?

Livingston VNA also provides TeleMedicine, Palliative Care and Hospice Care. Please click on the Hospice tab to learn more.

What other certifications does the agency have?

Joint Commission of Accreditation for Health Care SealLivingston VNA is Certified by the Joint Commission of Accreditation for Health Care, which is a prestigious accreditation awarded to only those agencies that meet the strictest requirements.

Is the agency local or part of a national corporation?

Livingston VNA is your local community based, non-profit agency and serves the needs of all Ventura county residents.

What are the hours of operation?

Livingston nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What are the qualification and selection procedures employees
go through?

All Livingston employees are bonded, insured and screened through background checks and fingerprinting. In addition, employees go through an intense orientation, skills verification and on-going continuing education.

Does the agency have a full time Medical Director?

Dr. Lanyard Dial is Livingston’s full time, on site staff Medical Director. Dr. Dial is a Diplomat with the American Board of Family Practice and holds certification in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.