Who genuinely likes being told what to do? It’s one thing when you’re a kid; it’s another when it’s your health dictating what you can or cannot do. Across the country, hundreds of thousands of Medicare beneficiaries struggle with chronic illnesses or new afflictions on a daily basis. Sometimes these conditions mean leaving the house becomes a battle of its own. Which begs the question, how can you receive medical attention when your illness makes it so difficult to go to the doctor? Home health care can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Can Medicare help cover some of these services? Let’s dive in.
Who Qualifies for Home Health Care Coverage?When beginning the home health care and Medicare process, it’s firstly important to make sure you’re signed up for your own Medicare plan. You have to be on Part A and/or Part B of Medicare to receive at-home care. If you have any questions about signing up, contact a trusted licensed representative and we can get you started with a plan today. To qualify for at-home care and Medicare, you first need to make sure you meet the classifications to be considered “homebound” by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) criteria. To be considered homebound in the eyes of CMS, you must:
- Require the aid of supportive devices like crutches, a cane, a wheelchair, a walker, or the assistance of another person to leave your residence.
- Have a classified medical condition that specifically urges you from leaving your home.
- Demonstrate normal inability to leave your house, and exiting the residence requires considerable and taxing effort.