• Home Health and Hospice Care FAQs

    Q: What’s the difference between home care and private care?

    A: Home care typically involves health-related services that are delivered to you in your home and are ordered by your physician to help your recovery. Private care is a type of home care. If you need home care that extends beyond services covered by insurance, private care often comes into play. 

    Q: What if I need home care services for only a short time?

    A: Home care services can be used on a short-term or long-term basis. Many of our patients use our services for only a short time, while others have been with us for years.

    Q: What should I consider when evaluating home care providers?

    A: Here are some things you may want to consider:

    • How long the agency has been in the business of home care
    • If the agency is local, or part of a larger national brand
    • Whether the agency is licensed, insured and bonded
    • If the agency contract with independent workers or if everyone is an employee
    • If the agency’s home health aides are certified
    • How the company screens employees and whether it performs background checks

    Q: How can I know that the person coming into my home is trustworthy?

    A: At Paradigm Health, you can be sure that every member of your team – whether nurse, therapist, home health aide, social worker and others – is highly trained, trustworthy and professional. Every member of your team is fully screened. All Paradigm employees offer a level of skill that comes only with experience, and the compassion that comes with true caring. We're Hoosiers caring for Hoosiers.

    Q: What is palliative care?

    A: Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

    Q: Who is qualified for Hospice?

    If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness with a 6 month or less life expectancy, if the disease takes its normal course.

    Q: Who pays for Hospice?

    A: Hospice is covered 100% by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, with no out-of-pocket costs to the patient.

    Q: Where is Hospice provided?

    A: Hospice is provided in a setting that best suits the needs of the patient and caregivers. Care may be provided at home, inpatient facilities, or a combination of sites.

    Q: Will I be able to keep my current doctor?

    A: Your doctor becomes part of our team. We will communicate and work with them on a daily basis.

    Q: When should I ask about Hospice?

    A: Now is the best time to learn more about Hospice and ask questions. This can greatly reduce stress when the time for Hospice is needed.  By having these discussions in advance, patients are not forced into uncomfortable situations.