HCU Senior Care Overview

At Health Care Unlimited (HCU), every patient is important, regardless of the complexity of care, age, or payer source. Our commitment to the patients and to the integrity of our business drives the daily mission of team members.

While our primary goal is to help patients and their families regain some or most of their independence from a medical condition, there are programs HCU offers that are designed to assist patients, health care professionals and family members of patients which have a progressive medical condition. Ultimately, these programs are designed to help mitigate the loss of an independent lifestyle and bring comfort in the knowledge that there is another helping hand concerned about the patient’s wellbeing.

Senior (Geriatric) Home Health Care

Home health care includes a broad range of periodic or intermittent skilled nursing care including education and disease management, and other skilled care services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Services may also include medical social services or assistance from a home health aide.

Infusion Pharmacy

As part of any Senior Care Program, our Infusion Pharmacy is standing by to provide patients with access to medications that are delivered using intravenous therapy through an access device such as peripheral needles or central IV lines.

In-Home Rehabilitation

Therapy for patients with physical (PT), occupational (OT), and speech and language (ST) needs is available in the home. PT improves mobility, range of motion, muscle strength, reduces chronic pain and restores balance and coordination. OT increases independence with everyday living and household tasks such as eating, grooming and dressing. ST assists patients with difficulty swallowing or other memory problems as well as learning/regaining the ability to communicate.

Senior (Geriatric) Private Duty Services

Geriatric Private Duty Care is available for those who require skilled (professionally licensed) or custodial (non-medical) care. Non-medical care can be provided by a nurse, but is most often provided by assistive personnel such as nursing assistants, companions, sitters or attendants. Private Duty services provide care from 4 to 24 hours per day and can be paid by Medicaid, long-term health and insurance plans as well as individual private pay.

Senior (Geriatric) Attendant Services

Attendant Services are personal care and assistance services provided to a client with functional limitations due to a medical condition. Services can be custodial in nature as well as skilled depending on the client’s qualifications and conditions. Typical services include assistance with activities of daily living.

Nilda Sanchez
Director of Skilled Nursing Services

As the Director of Skilled Nursing Services, Nilda Sanchez oversees the departments where clinicians are employed, such as Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) and supervises the care of all patients at Health Care Unlimited. Ms. Sanchez’s home care management experience spans Private Duty Nursing and Skilled Intermittent Care for seniors, adults, children and infants. Ms. Sanchez attended University of Texas-Brownsville where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing. Ms. Sanchez brings broad post-acute healthcare knowledge and over 17 years of experience working as an RN.

Senior (Geriatric) Home Health Care
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What is Senior Home Health Care?

Senior Home Health Care also known as Geriatric Skilled Intermittent Service is characterized as a service in which a skilled health care professional such as a Registered Nurse (RN) and others listed below, visit the patient’s home to provide periodic (intermittent) care for a short timeframe. These “skilled” visits serve as part of a health care intervention regimen designed to help stabilize and monitor the patient with the expectation of returning them to an independent lifestyle where he/she or their caregiver(s) can continue to manage their care under the supervision of their physician. Geriatric is a medical classification typically given to an elderly person usually above the age of 65.

Our geriatric home care team work to help elderly patients reach their maximum potential for clinical and skilled care independence. They focus on long-term and skilled chronic or post-acute care, medical illness, diseases, and conditions where skilled nursing procedures may need to be performed in the home and/or taught to a family or caregiver.

Skilled health care professionals available through Health Care Unlimited Include:

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)
  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Speech Therapist (ST)
  • Respiratory Therapist (RT)
  • Licensed Dietician
Typical Geriatric Nursing Services Include:
  • IV Infusions: antibiotics, hydration, and total parental nutrition (TPN)
  • Central Line Care: PICC Lines, Broviacs, CVL’s and port-a-caths
  • Wound Care and Negative Pressure Therapy
  • Medication Teaching
  • Respiratory Treatments
  • Apnea and Pulse Oximetry Monitoring
  • Observation/assesment of new condition or exacerbation of disease or condition
  • New or changed medications, management and/or education
  • Wound care, dressing changes for all types of wounds
  • Bowel/bladder training
  • Diabetic self-management training
  • Foley insertion
  • Foley catheter maintanance training
  • Administer vitamin B12
  • Administer IM or SubQ injections
  • Ostomy care training
  • Nasogastric feeding training
  • Nasogastric feeding tube re-insertion
  • Gastronomy feeding training
  • Parental nutrition training and care
  • Tracheostomy care teaching
  • Medication, inhalants and oxygen therapy administration and instruction
    • * Injection administration and self-administration teaching
    • * Disimpaction/FU enema Implement physician ordered patient-specific clinical care plan
  • Timely follow-up and evaluation of assessed needs
  • Short-term therapy
  • Short-term counseling for long range planning and decision-making
  • Arrangement of supplies and equipment required to meet your individual patient's needs.
  • Bladder Catheterization
  • Ventilator Patient Care
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Gastrostomy Tube Care
  • Ileostomy Care
  • Colostomy Care
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Evaluation
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Gait training
  • Transfer training
  • Ultrasound and other modalities
  • Home exercise program
  • Prosthetic training
  • Evaluation
  • Voice disorder treatment
  • Speech articulation disorder
  • Dysphasia treatment
  • Language disorder treatment
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Cognition assessment and interventions Occupational Therapy
  • ADL training
  • Muscle reeducation
  • Perceptual motor training
  • Fine motor coordination
  • Neuro-development treatment
  • Sensory treatment
  • Orthotics/splinting
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Personal care
  • Transfer/ambulation
  • Light meal preparation
  • Support nutritional needs
  • Laundry
  • Light housekeeping
  • Assessment of social and emotional factors
  • Community resource planning
Senior Home Health Funding Coverage

Senior Home Health Care is a health care benefit typically covered under Medicare, commercial (private) health insurance plans as well as several Medicaid Programs. Health Care Unlimited accepts the following Senior Services payment methods:

  • Medicare
  • Medicare Advantage and Replacement Plans
  • Medicaid
    • STAR+Plus Program Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)
      • Cigna Health Springs
      • Superior Health Plan
      • United Healthcare Community Plan
      • Molina Healthcare of Texas
      • Driscoll Children’s Health Plan
  • Several Private Insurance Plans (Click Here for Insurance List)
  • Private Payment
 
 
Private Duty Services
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What are Geriatric Private Duty Services?

Geriatric private duty services in the home care setting are characterized by long-term care needs of seniors or families. These services can be paid privately or covered under insurance plans. Skill level can range from sitter services provided by a personal attendant to 24-hour skilled nursing care provided to a geriatric patient by registered nurses (RNs).

Geriatric nurses need effective assessment skills. They must know the differences in development from adult to elderly. Our nurses are compassionate and empathetic, sensitive to patient’s needs, and be able to teach parents. Nurses also provide follow-up information to families for insulin, oxygen use, nebulizer use, and other treatments. HCU pharmacists can provide any special IVs and drugs a patient needs.

Elderly patients with progressive medical conditions, which are manageable but not curable, often require daily assistance due to cognitive and functional limitations and/or degeneration. Their quality of life is so much better thanks to the continuum of care HCU geriatric nurses provide as they coordinate with doctors, hospitalists and other primary caregivers.

Health care professionals available through Health Care Unlimited’s Private Duty Program Include:

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)
  • Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA)
  • Personal Care Attendants
  • Homemaker
  • Companion/Sitter
  • Nanny
  • Live-in Companion
Typical Geriatric Private Duty Services provided to patients needing the following:
  • Respiratory Treatments
  • Apnea and Pulse Oximetry Monitoring
  • Bladder Catheterization and Care
  • Ventilator Patient Care
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Gastrostomy Tube Care
  • Ileostomy Care
  • Colostomy Care
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Quadriplegic Care
  • Bedridden patient care
  • Personal Care
  • Transferring and Ambulation
  • Light Meal Preparation
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Light Chores
  • Grocery Shopping/Errands
  • Medication Reminders
  • Companionship
  • Reading and Conversation
  • Answering the Telephone
  • Escort to Appointments
  • Managing Mail and Bills
  • Respite Care
  • Skilled Nursing
Geriatric Private Duty Services Funding Coverage

Geriatric Private Duty Service is a health care benefit typically covered under commercial (private) long-term care health insurance plans and some Medicaid Programs; Health Care Unlimited also accepts Private Payment for providing these services. Health Care Unlimited accepts the following Geriatric Private Duty payment methods:

  • Medicaid*
    • STAR+PLUS Program Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)
      • Cigna Health Springs
      • Superior Health Plan
      • United Healthcare Community Plan
      • Molina Healthcare of Texas
  • Long-Term Private Insurance Plans (Click Here for Insurance List)
  • Private Payment

To request more information on Geriatric Private Duty Services, please submit the form below.

* Dependent on coverage allowed by your managed care plan. Health Care Unlimited does not determine qualification of services; eligibility is based on your payer.
 
 
Attendant Services
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What are Senior Attendant Services?

For senior patients requiring constant supervision or assistance with activities of daily living such as dressing and light meal preparation, Health Care Unlimited offers Senior Attendant Services. Senior Attendant Services can range from companionship to assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming and eating. Additionally, this care can be provided by a Personal Care Attendant or a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

Health care professionals available through Health Care Unlimited’s Attendant services include:

  • Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA)
  • Personal Care Attendants
Typical Senior Attendant Services provided to patients needing the following:
  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
  • Bedridden Patient Care
  • Personal Care
  • Transferring and Ambulation
  • Light Meal Preparation
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Light Chores
  • Grocery Shopping/Errands
  • Medication Reminders
  • Companionship
  • Reading and Conversation
  • Answering the Telephone
  • Escort to Appointments
  • Managing Mail and Bills
  • Respite Care
Senior Attendant Services Funding Coverage

Senior Attendant Services is a benefit typically covered under Medicaid Programs; Health Care Unlimited also accepts Private Payment for providing these services. Some long-term health plans may provide coverage as well. Health Care Unlimited may accept the following methods for this service:

  • Medicaid
  • STAR+Plus Program Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)
    • Cigna HealthSpring
    • United HealthPlan
    • Superior Health Plan
    • Molina Healthcare of Texas
  • Long-Term Private Insurance Plans (Click Here for Insurance List)
  • Private Payment
 
 
Payer and Insurance List

It is our belief at Health Care Unlimited, that our role in providing home care to our community spans much farther than a handful of payers. We pride ourselves in being one of the few home care agencies in South Texas that accepts a large number of payers. By accepting more payers we are closer to achieving our goal in providing quality care to as many individuals and families as possible within communities we serve.

Medicare (Advantage/PFFS/HMO)
  • Blue Cross PPS
  • Aetna PPS
  • Bravo Health Texas Inc.
  • Care Improvement Plus
  • First Health Life PPS
  • Health Net
  • Health Springs(Medicare)
  • Humana ERS
  • Humana Gold
  • Humana PFFS
  • Pyramid Life Insurance Co
  • Secure Horizon
  • Well Care
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
Medicare Traditional (Palmetto GBA)

Medicaid TMHP Traditional

Medicaid (Managed Care/Star & Star+Plus)
  • Driscoll Children's Health Plan
  • Evercare of Texas
  • Health Springs (BRAVO)
  • Molina Healthcare of Texas
  • Superior
  • United Healthcare
Private Insurance
  • AAG
  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • AIG Claims
  • American National
  • American Sentinel Insurance
  • Anthem Insurance Companies
  • Assurant Health
  • Bankers Life and Casualty
  • BCBS of Texas
  • Benefit Bakers Administration
  • Benefit Planners
  • Boon Chapmon
  • Caremark, Inc.
  • Central Reserve Life
  • ChampaVA
  • Christus Spohn Corpus Christi
  • Community Care
  • Conseco Health Insurance
  • Conventry Healthcare
  • Coram Health Care
  • Corinthian Care Group
  • Critical Care Systems
  • Extavia Support Program
  • First Health
  • Fiserv
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • GEHA
  • Gentiva
  • Goldern Rule Insurance Company
  • Group and Pension Administrators, Inc.
  • Harrington Benefit Services, Inc.
  • Health First Health Plans
  • Health Management Services
  • Healthsmart Insurance
  • Homelink
  • Humana Military
  • Humana PPO
  • JL Specialties Co
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Loyal American
  • MD Anderson Hospital
  • Mercy Health Plan
  • Meritain Health
  • MS Lifelines
  • MSC
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Nations Health Link
  • Nueces County Health Care
  • Orion Marine Contruction
  • Pacificare
  • Paraon Infusion Care
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Principal Healthcare
  • Process One TPA
  • Proherant
  • Prudential Insurance
  • Rx Crossroads Pharmacutical
  • Sphon Employee Group
  • State Farm Insurance
  • State Mutual Insurance Comp.
  • STVHCS Audie Murphy
  • Texas Mutual Insurance
  • Texas True Choice
  • TML IEBP
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Tricare
  • Tricare for Life
  • Tricare Humana
  • United HealthCare
  • Universal Health Care, Inc.
  • Universal Health Insurance
  • UTMB Dept Care Mgmt
  • VA TX Valley Coastal Bend
  • Wasau
  • WEB TPA
  • Zurich
Choosing HCU as your Care Provider

When you select Health Care Unlimited as your care provider you benefit from:

  • Caring Staff: dedicated employees who understand your needs.
  • Stability: Built on a solid foundation of Health Care ethics for over 27 years.
  • Quality:Held the prestigious Joint Commission Accreditation for over 18 years.
  • Responsibility: HCU has a friendly environment that generously gives back to the community we care for.
  • Education Sessions for our Providers.
  • Vast Coverage: We have an HCU office or Site conveniently located near you.
  • Choice: In good standing with all Managed Care partners as well as other payers, such as: HealthSpring, Superior Health Plan, Molina Health Care, Driscoll Health Plan, Traditional Medicaid, Traditional Medicare, MDCP & CCP, Other major insurance providers, HMOs, and Advantage Plans
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