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.