NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ, ELITE HOMECARE, LLC proudly announces its approval of accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the services of private duty nursing, private duty aides service, private duty companion/home maker services.

Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

ACHC is a not-for-profit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice and DMEPOS.

Elite HomeCare is a family owned business. It is run by a Registered nurse. At Elite HomeCare we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in the Home Health Care Profession. We are a licensed, bonded and insured home health care agency serving Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset, Union and Essex counties and the surrounding areas. Our Partnership approach to elderly care ensures your loved one’s needs are always first and foremost in our minds. Elite HomeCare worked tirelessly and effectively to get our ACHC accreditation and we are proud and pleased of our accreditation status.

For more information, please visit  www.theelitehomecare.com, or contact us at [email protected] or (732) 964-0062.



The 3 Things to Know Before Hiring a Home Health Aide

We already established in previous posts that deciding on whether or not to go for home health care is tough. It’s a decision that requires a lot of thought. Unfortunately, most people who require the services, either for themselves or their loved ones, do not know very much about hiring a home health aide or home care agency.

In this post, we will be looking at three important things you need to know should you ever need a home health care provider.

1. The first thing you need to know is whether or not you need home health care in the first place. This seems like a simple enough question, but the truth is most people don’t really know. A home health aide will provide personal care for you at home, but will not provide medical care services. If you need help with minor household assistance such as cooking, running minor errands, or even companionship, then you should consider the services of a homemaker (or personal care assistant) instead.

2. Once you have determined that a home health aide/ agency /care provider is what you need. Congratulations. The next step will be, figuring out which agency, there are hundreds upon hundreds of licensed home health care agencies in New Jersey along (thousands all over the US). The next question is how do you decide on which one to choose. You should probably start with making sure they, at the very least, meet all of the licensing laws of the State you’re in. Also, make sure they have an agreement for services you can sign before they start working. A few years of experience wouldn’t hurt as well.

3. Money! Make sure you have enough. As we’ve discussed in a previous post, Medicare will not pay for certain home health care services. So, if your needs do not meet the Medicare eligibility criteria, you’re going to have to be paying out of pocket, and depending on the services you’re getting, and the agency providing them, these costs can vary. So, before you start, make sure you have enough coverage.

Before we conclude, it would not be right of us if we don’t mention that Elite HomeCare is a licensed, Insured and bonded home health care agency in New Jersey. Our care providers are well trained and experienced, and our rates won’t have you breaking the bank.

If you want to learn more about how we can be of service to you, or if you just have any questions about home health care, you can give us a call on (732) 964-0062. Or you could just send us an email at [email protected] We would love to hear from you.

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Home Health Care vs Nursing Home Care: How Much Does Each Cost?

Making the decision about whether to enroll your loved one in a nursing home, or whether to get them home health care is tough. There are many different factors to consider; from the quality of care to how much it would cost. While we agree that no amount is too much to pay for the care of aged loved ones, we also believe the cost should not create a financial burden on you. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the difference in cost between nursing home care and homecare.

Effective from April 1, 2017, the penalty divisor for the State of New Jersey increased from $332.50 to $423.95. In simpler words, this means the average daily cost of nursing home services is now $423.95. As recently as 2013 (when the average cost was about $300), New Jersey’s nursing home residents paid the sixth highest amount in the country. This ranking has mostly likely gone up in the wake of the latest average cost.

Compare that to the $220-$260 average cost of home health care in the state, which ranks 18th in the entire country, ranking just below Arizona.

What does this mean for you? It means when making the decision on what type of care to get your aged loved ones, it can be a pretty smart idea to consider home health care. It saves you quite a lot of money, and gives you just as much quality of care as they would get in a nursing home.

If you would like more information on this topic, or any other relating to home health care for you or your loved ones, and how Elite Home Care can help, you can get in touch with us through our Contact Us page, and we will be more than happy to help.


What types of home health care will Medicare pay for?

Last time out, we took a look at the four conditions under which Medicare will help pay for  your loved one’s home health care services. We established that the recipient must be considered homebound; needs skilled nursing care or skilled therapy services as often as once every 60 days, or as much as once daily for up to three weeks; is receiving care at a Medicare-certified home health agency; or if your doctor signs a home health certification stating that you qualify for Medicare home care because you are homebound and need intermittent skilled care.

In this post, we will be taking a look at those types of home health care services Medicare will help pay for, and those it won’t pay for.

First, let’s take a look at those types of care Medicare will pay for:

  • Skilled nursing services and home health services provided for up to seven days a week for no more than eight hours per day and 28 hours per week (Medicare can cover up to 35 hours in unusual cases).
  • Medicare pays in full for skilled nursing care, including services that can only be performed effectively by a licensed nurse. Injections (and teaching patients to self-inject), tube feedings, catheter changes, observation and assessment of a patient’s condition, management and evaluation of a patient’s care plan, and wound care are some examples.
  • Medicare will also make full payment if you require the services of a skilled home health aide who provides personal care services like help with bathing, using the toilet, and dressing. If personal care is the only thing you require, you don’t qualify for Medicare home care benefit.
  • Skilled therapy services such as physical, speech and occupational therapy services that can only be performed safely by or supervised by a licensed therapist, and that are necessary for treating your illness or injury.
  • Medicare pays in full for medical social services ordered by your doctor to help with social and emotional concerns related to your illness. This might include counseling or help finding resources in your community.
  • Medicare will also make full payment for medical supplies like wound dressings provided by a Medicare-certified home health agency.

Now, let’s take a look at those types of care Medicare will not cover:

  • If you require 24-hour care at home, Medicare is not likely to cover the full cost of your care.
  • Medicare will also not pay for prescription drugs. To get Medicare drug coverage, you need to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan. There are two options available (stand-alone Medicare private drug plan (PDP), and Medicare Advantage Plan with Part D coverage (MADP).
  • All meals delivered to you at home and homemaker or custodial care services (i.e. cooking, shopping, laundry).
  • Unless custodial care is part of the skilled nursing and/or skilled therapy services you receive from a home health aide or other personal care attendant.

Medicare Can Cover the Cost of your Home Health Care. Here’s How.

In a previous post, we looked at certain questions that should be asked when considering home health care service in New Jersey. One of those questions was how much it would cost. A lot of people are not aware of the full range of options available to them to help pay for Home Health Care Services. Beyond what a loved one can afford from savings and income, a variety of options can be explored. Reverse mortgages, life and long term care insurance policies as well as Medicare and Medicaid are some of many options that can be explored to cover the cost of care.

In this post, we will be looking at the requirements of Medicare as a way of payment for home health care services.

Like most federal programs, to qualify for Medicare as a source of paying for your home health services, certain conditions must be met, including being homebound, need for skilled care, and for how long, a doctor’s order and the use of a Medicare certified Home Health agency.


If you or your loved one is considered homebound, you are entitled to having Medicare pay for your home health care. To be considered homebound, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You need the help of another person or special equipment (wheelchair, walker, etc.) to leave your house, or your doctor believes that leaving your house would be harmful to your health.
  • If you find it difficult to leave your home and typically cannot do so.


If you or your loved one needs skilled care, including skilled nursing care or skilled therapy services (physical, speech or occupational) as often as once every 60 days, or as much as once daily for up to three weeks.


Also, you qualify if your doctor signs a home health certification stating that you qualify for Medicare home care because you are homebound and need intermittent skilled care. The certification must also say that a plan of care has been made for you, and that a doctor regularly reviews it. Usually, the certification and plan of care are combined in one form that is signed by your doctor and submitted to Medicare.

  • As part of the certification, doctors must also confirm that they (or certain other providers, such as nurse practitioners) have had a face-to-face meeting with you related to the main reason you need home care within 90 days of starting to receive home health care or within 30 days after you have already started receiving home health care. Your doctor must specifically state that the face-to-face meeting confirmed that you are homebound and qualify for intermittent skilled care.
  • The face-to-face encounter can also be done through tele health. In certain areas, Medicare will cover examinations done for you in specific places (doctors offices, hospitals, health clinics, skilled nursing facilities) using telecommunications (such as video conferencing).


If you or your loved one is receiving your care at a Medicare-certified home health agency (HHA).

Please note, if you only need occupational therapy, you will not qualify for the Medicare home health benefit. However, if you qualify for Medicare coverage of home health care on another basis, you can also get occupational therapy. Even when your other needs for Medicare home health end, you should still be able to get occupational therapy under the Medicare home health benefit if you still need it.

If you have any further questions about todays post, or you want to get to know more about what we do and how Elite Home Care can help, you can get in touch with us through our Contact Us page, we will be more than glad to be of assistance.

In our next post, we will be looking at the types of home health care services that Medicare will pay for, and services it does not cover.

Written by Elite HomeCare’s Admin


Professional Elderly Home Care Services: The Need of Modern Times

In recent times, most adult children with aged parents face an ever increasing and multifaceted challenge when their parents enter their golden years. This becomes particularly evident when they may also have to deal with other medical conditions, or even the unfortunate passing away of one parent especially if they were the primary caregiver for the couple. Also noteworthy is the push towards reduced length of stay at hospitals by most insurance companies, as well as the growing trend with the baby boomer generation to stay in their own homes, as against the traditional notion of nursing homes.  The question then arises as to how best to care for them while helping them maintain their privacy and dignity all in the comfort of their homes.

Professional elderly home care services are modern responses to these challenges as they aim to provide the best possible care for not just the elderly, but for the whole family unit in the comfort of their homes. Licensed and regulated to ensure adequate consumer protection, industry professionalism and standards, home health care services caring for seniors is fast becoming the main stay of our modern society.

Home care service providers take all the necessary steps to ensure your loved ones are properly cared for at home. From simple everyday activities like bathing, dressing, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, shopping, doctors’ appointments, to more professional services like assessments, medication and disease management and to something as simple, but very important as providing companionship to clients. The introduction of respite care also tries to solve the challenge of sometimes overburdened care givers, giving them time to relax and recharge away from the altruistic but sometimes challenging task of caring for a loved one. Working with your doctor(s) and family members, the flexibility of the process allows you to customize your care; activities and hours of the day, to meet your exact need and budget, cutting waste and allowing for conservative and effective use of resources.

 So, what are you waiting for? Contact the professional care team today and get the advantage of best home care agencies or services for your loved ones as they deserve nothing but the best. 

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Written by Elite HomeCare Admin

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