What can I do if my husband is bedridden and can't get to the doctor?

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My husband has a catheter which is going to need be changed every 2 weeks.

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Hello......my name is Diane from South Florida....first tell me is the catheter a supra pubic catheter that was surgically put in? or the regular way to be polite!!!....ok listen, my husband has been wearing a catheter for three years and this is important for you to know...if your husband constantly gets UTI infections or he tells you the catheter is hurting, it is because it is latex....have the doctor use a silicone one....now everything depends on what kind of insurance you have...we are in Florida and have AVMED...through a referral from the primary since your husband is bedridden, a home health agency will send a registered nurse who has to be very experienced in how to insert the catheter...is your husband a Veteran? If he is you will get all supplies at no cost to you...I am very experienced with catheters...I have a lot of information so if you would like to contact me, private message me....I would like to help you as much as I can...so please contact me right away. I hope you are checking this site so you can read my reply. Diane
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I was most recently a home care RN and we had patients regularly scheduled for monthly home visits to change catheters. I don't know why your hubby's MD said change every two weeks, did you mean observe urine amount or need to get a specimen, or just a visual check to assure it is working. 
Once home care stops most often a family member takes the person  or even a senior bus to the urologist monthly. However, it is more difficult fogr homebound immobile patients that require long term caths to get to the office. I would review the persons insurance coverage and maybe call the insurance providers to discuss this exceptional case and ask them to approve home care visits monthly. Of course you need a physician's order for HC services. With luck you may be able to keep homecare services to do monthly visits but I am not sure.
Replacing a catheter for a male patient is pretty easy, changing a female has its challenges.
I would call Medicare and ask about monthly foley changes and if you can keep home care indefinitely due to his special circumstances. However rules and regs change over the years and I have been out of home care for almost 2 years now.
If insurance won't approve home card monthly visits for catheter change and if he must go into the urologist's office monthly, you may have to hire ambulance transport to get him there. Urinary catheters must be replaced under sterile conditions monthly. This is to prevent infection & leaks from faulty, older latex foley caths, dirty urine collection bags need replacement, etc, the patient may develop a leak and needs it done. That is best practice guidelines. Check about learning to do it yourself if you are inclined to do so but if that's not your thing (which of course is just fine) check out options. The urologist's office may have suggestions too.
Good luck!
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What Medicare pays for varies from state to state. Texas opted out of paying for long term home health care for the elderly but I understand some states do provide it.
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There are home care doctors, nurses, pt, almost any thing you need that comes to your home. Ask your doctor for a referral.
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My husband also has a catheter. The urologist taught me how to change it. I do it now
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I would either try home healthcare or a private ambulance service
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If a person is bedridden or otherwise homebound, and has a need for "skilled" services (e.g. nursing care, physical therapy), then the doctor can refer the patient to home health services and Medicare will pay for it. Such services are usually widely available in metro areas and also most rural areas. Many home health agencies also are certified to provide hospice services.

This is different from having a doctor or nurse practitioner come to the house for a medical visit. Those services are much harder to come by, because most clinics find it hard to break even while accepting Medicare payments for house calls.

Good luck!
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I worked as a secretary for a VNA. Our nurses did catheters all the time. Your doctor needs to write an order for this to a homecare agency. Where I live the Homecare agency and Hospice are the same.
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Here's how I handle doctor visits with my bedridden and immobile hubby: we rented a patient lift, called a "Get U Up". He is strapped into it. It works on hydraulic power and I have to pump the handle to lift him. Then I can get him into the wheelchair. We have a handicap ramp so I can get him down it and to the community sponsored bus which takes us to his doctor and then brings us back. The only glitch is that I can't get him back up. The ramp is steep and he's a big guy. We have to rely on our son to come over and help. We have put in for an electric wheelchair which should be able to get him back up the ramp. In answer to your question, I would definitely ask for a visiting nurse to come out. Medicare covers this.
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My father is home bound as well. Ask his physician if there are nurses/doctor that do home visits. My father just had a nurse come to the house and she will do follow ups approximately every three months.
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