Medicare coverage for home health care may help alleviate some of the financial strain after an injury, illness or other situation. Home health care is a range of services given to you in your home, often after an injury or illness.
Some examples of home health care services include:
To obtain Medicare coverage for home care, a person must meet the following eligibility requirements:
If you meet these qualifications, you may be able to get help in your home for your medical needs.
Medicare home health services vary based on your situation. These skilled nursing services can be provided up to seven days a week, for a total of 28 hours maximum. You may be provided one or more of the following services:
Medicare can also provide coverage for home health aides who provide personal care services like bathing, dressing and toileting. But keep in mind that Medicare will not pay for a Medicare home health aide if it is the only required service needed and you do not need additional skilled care.
Understanding the Medicare guidelines for home health orders is critical to ensuring you receive the level of care you need and manage your financial responsibilities properly. Original Medicare — including Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B — and Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) can provide this coverage. However, costs depend on the service and coverage plan unique to each person.