Home Health FAQs
We're here to help answer your questions and inform your decisions about the best care for you or a loved one. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding home health services.
Who pays for home health services?
If you meet eligibility requirements, Medicare may pay for your covered home health as long as you are eligible and your physician certifies that you need it. Your state’s Medicaid program or your private insurance also may cover home health services if you meet their criteria.
Who is eligible for home health services?
The following requirements are necessary:
- You must have a physician prescribe home health services
- You must need either skilled nursing care on an intermittent basis or therapy (physical, occupational, speech) services
- You must be homebound
What does “Homebound” mean?
You would be considered homebound if you have a condition due to injury or illness that restricts your ability to leave home without the aid of an assistive device such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair without the assistance of another person, or if leaving the home is medically inadvisable. You can leave as often as needed for medical appointments, or for occasional reasons such as beauty shop/barber shop, to attend church, or unique family events (a wedding, graduation).
What qualifies as a “home?”
Wherever you make your home. This could be your house, an apartment, a relative’s home or an assisted living facility. A hospital or nursing home does not qualify as your home.
How often can I expect my home health visits?
The frequency of home health visits and the services provided are based on your physician’s orders and your personal plan of care. The number of visits each week can increase or decrease depending on your needs and progression.