VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Purchased Skilled Home Health Care Services - FAQs
What is Purchased Skilled Home Health Care Services?
Purchased Skilled Home Health Care Services provide intermittent or short-term skilled care at home for a particular clinical problem or issue, when the Veteran is limited in his or her ability to leave the home due to illness. The care is provided by a community-based home health agency with which we have an agreement.
What services are included?
- Nursing care (such as wound care or catheter care)
- Therapy visits for physical, occupational, or speech therapy
- Patient education (about managing your medicine or illness)
- A home safety evaluation
- Social work support
How do I arrange for this care?
Talk with your provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant). A VA provider requests skilled home health services when medically necessary and appropriate for enrolled Veterans.