If you have Medicare, you can use your home health benefits if you meet all the following conditions:

  • You must be under the care of a doctor, and you must be getting services under a plan of care established and reviewed regularly by a doctor.
  • You must need, and a doctor must certify that you need, one or more of the following.
    • Intermittent skilled nursing care
    • Physical therapy
    • Speech-language pathology services
    • Continued occupational therapy
  • The home health agency caring for you must be approved by Medicare (Medicare-certified).
  • You must be homebound, and a doctor must certify that you’re homebound. To be homebound means the following:
    • Leaving your home isn’t recommended because of your condition.
    • Your condition keeps you from leaving home without help (such as using a wheelchair or walker, needing special transportation, or getting help from another person).
    • Leaving home takes a considerable and taxing effort.
    • A person may leave home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for non-medical reasons, such as attending religious services, getting a haircut or pharmacy/grocery shopping.

For additional information, please review the following document at medicare.gov.