Home Care Services

McLaren delivers clinically excellent, compassionate home health care to patients where they are most comfortable - at home. Whether you’re transitioning from the hospital to home or recovering from illness, surgery or injury, McLaren helps you get better, regain your independence and remain safe in your own home.

What is home health care?

Home health care is a range of health care services provided at home to treat an illness or injury. Examples of skilled home care services include wound care for pressure sores or a surgical wound, intravenous or nutrition therapy, monitoring of a serious illness or unstable health status, and rehab therapy services. Home health care can be provided anywhere you call home, including at an assisted living facility or adult foster care home.

Home health care may be right for you after an inpatient hospital stay, if you recently received a joint replacement, or if you have a chronic condition including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, diabetes, kidney disease or respiratory disease, among others.

Qualifications for home health care

To start home health care, a doctor's orders are required. These orders will usually come from your primary care physician. After receiving your doctor's orders for home health care, we will coordinate the services ordered by your physician.

Most insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, cover all or part of home health care. To be eligible for home health care under Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and/or Part B (medical insurance), you:

  • Must be under the care of a doctor, and must be getting services under a plan of care established and reviewed regularly by that doctor
  • Must have a need for one or more of the below, as certified by a doctor:
  • Intermittent, limited skilled nursing care (other than drawing blood) that requires oversight of a nurse
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, or continued speech-language pathology services
  • Must be homebound, as certified by a doctor

What is homebound?

To be homebound means a patient has trouble leaving home without help because of an illness or injury or leaving the home is not recommended because of the patient's condition, and the patient is normally unable to leave the home because it's a major effort. You may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, like attending religious services. You can still get home health care if you attend adult day care.

Insurance Coverage

Before you begin home health care services, we will let you know how much your insurance, Medicare or Medicaid will pay. We will also tell you if any services are not covered, and how much you will be responsible for paying out-of-pocket. It is important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether your insurance will pay for them.

How to get home care

A doctor's orders are needed to start home health care. Once your doctor refers you for home health services and you choose McLaren, we will schedule an appointment with you. At that appointment, we will come to your home to talk to you about your needs, and ask you some questions about your health. We will also talk to your doctor about your care and keep him or her updated on your progress.

Contact Us

McLaren provides home care in more than 30 counties across Michigan. To speak directly with a member of the McLaren Team:

For home care in the following counties and cities:

Serving Counties of: Emmet, Cheboygan, Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Presque Isle, Montmorency
Cities of: Alpena and St. Ignace
Serving:  Remainder of lower peninsula counties call:

Home health Services and Programs

Home care services

As part of the personalized care plan developed to meet each patient’s home health needs, McLaren Homecare provides a variety of clinical specialties to help patients recover from illness or injury, maintain independence, and get back up to speed. These services may include:

  • Skilled nursing
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Medical social services
  • Home health aide services
  • Infusion therapy
  • Telehealth monitoring
  • Medical supplies and equipment (as ordered by your doctor and covered by your insurance)

Home care programs

Using specialized education materials, home exercise programs and telehealth monitoring, our specialty programs help patients improve their health, manage chronic conditions, remain safe at home and stay out of the hospital. We offer several home health care programs for patients with certain conditions and diseases who need additional specialized care, including:

  • Maximum Mobility: designed to improve functional mobility and overall quality of life for those facing balance issues
  • Joint Express at Home: helps patients return home safely after hip and knee surgery
  • Stroke Care: helps stroke patients recover by improving their overall function through therapy
  • Chronic Care: assists patients with chronic disease management for congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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