Getting Started

You may be eligible for home health care services under these situations.

  • A homebound criterion is usually required.
  • The patient is under the care of a physician who manages and authorizes the need for services.
  • The patient requires the skilled services of a registered nurse, physical therapist and/or speech therapist
 
To qualify for Medicare home health services, there are five basic requirements:

  • Your physician must determine that you need home health careservices.
  • Your own physician must write the orders for home health services, and oversee your care.
  • You must need skilled services that are provided by a nurse or therapist.
  • Your physician must determine that you are homebound, requiring considerable effort and help to leave home.
  • The services you need are only required on a part-time, or intermittent, basis.