[x_blockquote cite=”Musa (Cary, NC)” type=”left”]Dear Marci,
My father might need care in his home. What type of home health care does Medicare cover?[/x_blockquote]
Original Medicare will cover certain home health care services through the home health benefit if you father meets a few requirements. Home health care services must be ordered by a doctor and coordinated through a home health care agency.
Medicare covers the following types of care:
Under the home health care benefit, Medicare also covers medical social services such as counseling, medical supplies such as catheters, and durable medical equipment such as a wheelchair or a walker.
It is important to note that although the home health benefit covers the services of a home health aide when skilled care is also needed, it does not cover 24-hour care. The home health benefit also does not pay for meals delivered to your home or homemaker services such as grocery shopping.
Medicare covers home health care if:
Your father should speak with his doctor to learn more about this benefit, and the types of care your father thinks he needs. Your or your father’s doctors can also find Medicare-certified home health agencies by going to www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare.
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