How Does a Patient Qualify for Home Health?
Most Americans older than 65 are eligible for the federal Medicare program. To qualify for Medicare Home Health Care, the patient must meet the following requirements:
- A physician must determine (order) that the patient needs skilled home health service.
- A physician must develop and sign a plan of care.
- The patient must be homebound. This means they have an inability to leave home and, therefore, leaving home requires a considerable and taxing effort. Occasional absences from the home are permitted as long as they are of short duration. For example, doctor appointments, family reunions, funerals, religious services, graduations will not disqualify the patient from home health services as long as it does not indicate they have the ability to obtain services in a setting other than their home.
- The patient must need one of the following services intermittently: skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy.
Refer a Patient
If you are a physician who has a patient in need of home health
services, please send us the info below and we will contact your patient shortly.
If you have a family member, friend, or loved one that you would like to refer to our agency, we are happy to coordinate with their primary care doctor to set up home health services. Additionally, if you would like to refer yourself for our services, we are happy to get in touch with your primary care doctor and/or family.