What are the Medicare Home Health Qualifications?
- Your doctor must decide that you need medical care in your home, and make a plan for your care at home.
- You must need at least one of the following: intermittent (and not full time) skilled nursing care, or physical therapy or speech language pathology services.
- You must be homebound.
- The Medicare program must approve the home health agency caring for you.
What is the definition of “homebound?
This means that you are normally unable to leave home. A patient is considered “homebound” if leaving home requires a considerable and taxing effort, and the patient doesn’t go out very often or for short periods, or it is medically inadvisable. Generally they are unable to leave home without the aid of crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, or another person’s assistance. When you leave home, it must be infrequent, for a short time, or to get medical care.
In what areas are your services available?
Who needs Home care?
How much does the service cost?
Are your services covered by Medicare?
How does in-home care cost compare to assisted-living or nursing homes?
Do you provide care in facilities also?
Is your agency licensed?
How do you select your nurses and therapists?
What if my nurse or therapist is sick or goes on vacation?
Who pays the nurse or therapist?
Why should I use your service instead of someone in the newspaper?
What is your Non-Discrimination Policy?
It is the policy of Nichemed Home Health & Rehab to admit and treat all clients, without regard to race, ancestry, national origin, age, religious creed, color, sex, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. There is no distinction in eligibility, assignment, or in the manner clients are provided home care services by Nichemed Home Health & Rehab. Any person or organization that may refer or recommend clients for home care service must do so based on the agency’s non-discrimination policy.