Patients experiencing injury, surgery, illness, or self-management of chronic disease requiring recovery and recuperation may be eligible for home health care through their Medicare benefit.
To meet Medicare guidelines, each patient must:
- Meet the definition of ‘homebound (the normal inability to leave home). Must be a ‘taxing and considerable effort’ by the patient and requires the assistance of others or a supportive device. Absences from home for non-medical reasons must be infrequent and for a short duration.
- Have a specific care need requiring part-time or intermittent care.
- Require the care of a nurse or therapist.
- Be under the care of a physician licensed to practice in the state of Minnesota
Services may be indicated if the skills of a trained therapist are required by the client who has:
- Difficulty performing activities of daily living including dressing, grooming, bathing, feeding, etc.
- Difficulty safely completing mobility tasks
- Poor condition
- Limited use of arms or hands
- Difficulty in performing housekeeping or cooking chores
- Sensory loss
- A need for adaptive equipment
- A Decline in upper extremity function
- Difficulty with memory/problem solving
- Energy conservation training needs
Please note that the level of services available may vary due to what your insurance provider allows.