If you or a loved one is being discharged from a hospital or care facility, be aware that if you run into problems caring for yourself after you get home, home health care is a good option. The doctor or nurse may ask you if you need a home health visit before you are discharged. At that time you may not see the need for a visit, but that does not mean that you can not change your mind after you get home. Also, do not assume that the doctor will automatically refer you, if you qualify. The doctor does not always know if your home situation would call for a home visit. Home Health agencies will make an evaluation visit to see if there is a skilled need and if your health insurance will cover the visits. Frequently, it only takes a few visits to help you adjust your care. My book, Healthcare Handbook for Senior Citizens and Their Families discusses the requirements for reimbursement for home care services.