To qualify for home health care, your doctor must write a plan for your home care. In addition:
You must need at least one or more of the following:
- Part-time nursing care
- Physical therapy
- Speech language therapy
- Occupational therapy
You must be homebound. This means that leaving your home is a major effort and you seldom do unless, for example, you:
- Attend religious services
- Leave to get medical treatment, including therapeutic or psychosocial care
You must receive the services from a home health agency that is approved by the Medicare program.
You may also get care in an adult day-care program that is Medicare approved and state certified to provide adult day care services.
The services are covered by Part A or B of Medicare. You pay $0 for all covered home health visits.
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan or MediGap/Medicare Supplemental policy, call your plan and ask about your coverage. You may have to use one of the home agencies that they have on contract.