March 17, 2018

Phil Melugin: When is it Time to Seek Home Health Care?

 Phil Melugin

Phil Melugin

Phil Melugin began his career in healthcare shortly after obtaining his Master of Education in 1990. Today, as president and founder of Phoenix Home Care, Phil Melugin oversees an organization that helps thousands each week, with 2,400 employees and growing. Recently, Phil Melugin spoke to Interviewing Experts about a question that’s facing many senior citizens and their families: when is it time to seek home health care?

Interviewing Experts: Does Phoenix Home Care mostly help elderly clients?

Phil Melugin: We serve a wide range of ages, from infants to those who are nearing 100 years of age. There are times when a client simply needs in-home care, whether it’s due to being rendered incapacitated due to surgery or injury or a result of a more long-term illness.

Interviewing Experts: What if I can’t afford in-home care?

Phil Melugin: In many cases, your insurance, Medicare, and/or Medicaid may pay. Your insurer should be able to let you know if in-home care is covered.

Interviewing Experts: Will my income be taken into consideration when I apply for this type of assistance?

Phil Melugin: Yes, if you or your loved one is applying for State assistance, you will have to be below the income limit to qualify.

Interviewing Experts: At what point does someone know it’s time to seek in-home care?

Phil Melugin: Often, home care can be just a temporary solution, for someone recovering from surgery or an injury that is unable to leave the house. But for a loved one with a long-term illness, it can often be difficult to decide when to make the transition to in-home care.

Interviewing Experts: It can become difficult for family members to provide around-the-clock care.

Phil Melugin: In some situations, in-home care is requested during the day, while the family is at work. If a patient is bedridden, it can become difficult for someone to be there 24/7 to take care of everything.

Interviewing Experts: When I decide to find in-home care, what type of agency should I choose?

Phil Melugin: Compassion and a commitment to customers is priority. You want a firm that puts clients first and has a good reputation in the community.

Interviewing Experts: Is Phoenix Home Care’s assistance limited to only healthcare needs?

Phil Melugin: Phoenix Home Care can provide a wide variety of services, including personal grooming, light housekeeping, and even assistance for new moms who need help with breastfeeding and learning to change a diaper.

Interviewing Experts: What about small children with injuries or developmental disabilities?

Phil Melugin: We have specialists who can care for children with a variety of conditions. We provide rehabilitative and education, among many other services.

Interviewing Experts: Where are Phoenix Home Care’s services available?

Phil Melugin: Our healthcare providers work in homes throughout Kansas and Missouri.

Interviewing Experts: How do I contact Phoenix Home Care?

Phil Melugin: You can visit our website at or call 417-881-7442. Our toll-free number is 855-881-7442.

Phil Melugin is a respected home healthcare administrator who has served on several boards, including a term as president of a statewide industry organization. Prior to founding Phoenix Home Care in 2011, Phil Melugin was president and co-owner of Integrity Home Care in Springfield, Missouri.

Philip Melugin Talks About Pheasant Run Ranch

Philip Melugin is owner and president of Phoenix Home Care, a home healthcare organization that services clients in Missouri and Kansas. But home healthcare isn’t the only way Philip Melugin is combining his passion with business. Melugin owns and runs Pheasant Run Ranch, which features 5,000 sprawling acres of wild bird hunting in Kansas. Today, Philip Melugin talks to Interviewing Experts about the ranch.

Interviewing Experts: We’ve seen photos of Pheasant Run Ranch. It looks beautiful.

Philip Melugin: It’s my home away from home. 5,000 acres of beautiful green grass and wildlife.

Interviewing Experts: Explain a little about the hunts available at Pheasant Run.

Philip Melugin: We have a variety of wild birds, including turkey, pheasant, and quail. Our staff works hard to create an environment that keeps birds on our land, rather than migrating elsewhere. Our bird hunters can opt for a guided hunt and we also include accommodations for those wishing to spend the night to be well-rested for hunting.

Interviewing Experts: What about deer hunting?

Philip Melugin: We currently have whitetail deer. Whitetail deer hunting season kicks up in the fall and lasts into early winter, so we have quite a crowd at the lodge that time of year.

Interviewing Experts: Does someone have to have a hunting license to participate in hunts at Pheasant Run Ranch?

Philip Melugin: Yes, a hunting license is required. Residents can choose between one-time licenses, annual hunting licenses, and lifetime hunting licenses. Licenses are available through the Kansas Department of Wildlife at

Interviewing Experts: If someone wants to participate in a hunt at Pheasant Run, how do they sign up?

Philip Melugin: There are dates currently available, but I recommend anyone interested in coming to Pheasant Run make reservations now. You can call 785-476-5736 or sign up for hunts via e-mail at

Interviewing Experts: Can reservations be made through that phone number and e-mail address, as well?

Philip Melugin: Yes. When you call or e-mail to schedule a hunt, just let us know that you’re interested in accommodations, as well. Even for those who aren’t staying the night, though, you’ll have access to our newly renovated main lodge, with internet access and satellite TV, if you want to relax throughout the day.

A longtime healthcare administrator, Philip Melugin runs Phoenix Home Care, a home healthcare business that serves both Missouri and Kansas. Recently, Phoenix Home Care opened an office in Wichita and now serves several areas of the state. For more information, visit