Home Health Care

Ataxia may progress to the point at which a patient can no longer be independent in the activities of daily living (ADL’s),and the family may no longer be able to provide the needed care. A patient can receive services in the home from various health care professionals from a home health organization. A doctor’s order is necessary to initiate the process of identifying a need for the health care professionals and to bill the services to the health care insurance company or Medicare. An initial evaluation of the following ADL’s is required to measure a need for Home Health Care: dressing, bathing, feeding, toileting and transferring. Typically the need for assistance with three of the five activities will satisfy the requirements for benefits. However, these services are can only be provided for a limited time.