Home Care Questions

What is home care?

“Home care” encompasses a wide range of health and social services. These services are delivered at home to recovering, disabled, chronically or terminally ill persons in their own homes. Their needs may be medical, nursing, social, therapeutic treatment and/or assistance with the essential activities of daily living.

Home care services can be provided in the client’s home, which is any place they define as “home.” This may be a single-family dwelling, apartment, assisted living facility, group home, residential housing facility, adult day care, or congregate living environment in which the client's basic needs are met.

When is home care beneficial?

Home care is the most-often requested type of health care service for those recuperating from an illness or surgery, or as an alternative to long-term institutional care. Home care is beneficial when it allows the client privacy and empowers clients and family to manage their health needs on an ongoing basis. Family members often require additional support and education in order to provide the best possible care for their loved one.

Home care is determined to be valuable when the client care is provided safely within the physical means of the environment and safety of the client.



What is Home Care and how does it work?

A: Skilled home care offers restorative services to help people recover from an acute illness, or manage a chronic illness.  These services are offerred based on meeting criteria.


Q: What is the purpose of home care?

A: To offer personal and specialized care that help individuals maintain their independence, while relying on the expertise of trained professionals.


Q: How do I qualify for skilled home care services?

A: To qualify you must be under the care of a physician, the physician must certify that you have a skilled need (meaning you need a RN, or physical therapist), that you are homebound (difficult for you to leave the home), and the physician must write an order for those services. 


Q: Who pays for home care services?

A: Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, Work Comp, and some LTC Insurance.


Q: How often does a home care professional come to the home?

A: Visits are intermittent.  Most visits are once a day a few days a week depending on how many services are involved.  The visit usually lasts from 1-2 hours in length.  


Q: What Makes Guardian Angels † Elim Home Care and Hospice Different?

A: We are a Christian non-profit organization that provides services at an affordable price. In addition, we are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health and Medicare certified.  Our clinicians are Chronic Disease Management Certified.

We can provide non skilled private pay services as well (bath visit, med set-up, homemaking).


**If you do not qualify for services covered by Medicare or insurance, you have the option to pay privately for custodial services.   Click on the "Private Duty" tab for more information or Call 763-241-0654.

Hospice Questions

Q: What is hospice?

A: Hospice is a special way of caring for people at the end of life. The ministry is all about CARE instead of CURE.


Q: What is the goal of hospice?

A: The goal of hospice is to focus on quality of life for the dying person so they and the family can make the most of the remaining time they have.


Q: What does hospice offer?

A: Hospice offers excellent pain and symptom control as well as emotional and spiritual support for the dying person and their family.


Q: How does a family qualify for hospice?

A: To quality for hospice the person’s doctor must say they have a terminal illness with months, instead of years, to live. Hospice is not limited to people with cancer.

Anyone with a life-limiting illness such as heart disease, lung disease, end stage dementia and other chronic diseases can benefit from hospice care.


Q: What services are offered by hospice?

A: The core staff of all hospice programs includes Registered Nurses, Medical Directors, Social Workers and Chaplains. In addition, Home Health Aides assist with bathing and Volunteers are called upon for additional family support.


What qualifications and training does hospice staff have?

A: All hospice staff are licensed/certified and have specialized training in end –of- life care.


Q: How does a family pay for hospice services?

A: Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medical Assistance and most insurance plans. However, hospice does not typically pay for 24-hour care. If the loved one needs round the clock care, family members may need to provide that care or arrange for additional services.


Q: Does a hospice organization need to be certified?

A: Yes. Hospice is licensed and certified by the Minnesota Department of Health. Guardian Angels†Elim Hospice became Medicare certified on November 17, 2005.


What makes Guardian Angels † Elim Hospice unique?

A: Guardian Angels+Elim Hospice is different because we are committed to three “Cs”


Christian Mission – serving in the spirit of Christ’s love with a caring heart and caring hands.

Community Based – all our staff and volunteers live and work in the communities in which we work. 

Continuity of Care – part of a family of services providing many levels of care (skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living). 


In addition we offer the following:

  • We Honor Veterans program/provider
  • Music Therapy, Massage Therapy, or Pet Therapy
  • Aroma Therapy with Essential oils. 

Christian Mission † Community Based † Continuity of Care