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 with:
- Post-Operative Rehabilitation
- Falls Prevention/Risk Management
- Balance, Gait, Stability
- Walking- Inside or Outside
- Going Up and Down Stairs
- Transfer Training
- Getting In/Out of Bed or Repositioning
- Standing/Sitting, Posturing
- Toileting or Bedside Commode
- Shortness of Breath with Activity
- Poor Safety Awareness
- Contractures or Pressure Sores
- Assistive Device Needs and Training in Equipment Usage
- Limited Range of Motion or Decreased Sensation or Strength
- Decline in Function Due to Stroke, Painful Arthritis, Amputation, etc
Please note that the level of services available may vary due to what your insurance provider allows.