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Am I Eligible for Home Health Services?

Medicare beneficiaries can receive home health care benefits if their doctor believes care at home is needed and the services provided will be done under a physician established care plan. The home health care agency taking care of you must be approved by Medicare. In addition, you must meet these criteria to qualify for Medicare services:
• You are homebound due to an illness, injury, or post-operation
• Leaving your home isn't recommended because of your condition
• Your condition keeps you from leaving home without help (such as using a wheelchair or walker, needing special transportation, or getting help from another person)
• You do NOT have to be bedridden to qualify. A person considered homebound may leave home for medical treatment or short, frequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending religious services or adult day care. (Source: medicare.gov glossary)
• Services are medically necessary and reasonable. This includes skilled nursing on an intermittent basis, physical therapy, speech pathology, or occupational therapy on a continuing basis
• Services are performed in your place of residence (home, assisted living facility, etc.)

For complete information on Medicare qualifications and guidelines, please visit
http://www.medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10969.pdf