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What Are Home Health Care Agencies and How to Use These Services For Free With Medicare

Many people wonder if they can get medicare coverage with home health care, and what services are covered by Medicare, well in this article we will discuss the ways in which you can get at home care with medicare. Medicare is a great option for many people, because of the at home care that can be offered, if you have Medicare, the health care services for in home care are covered if you meet all the following conditions.

Your doctor must decide that you need medical care at home, and he has to sign orders and agree with the plan for your care at home. You must need intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech and language therapy or occupational therapy continuing.

Choosing the Right Home Health Agency: The agency in charge of the health care in the home must be approved by the Medicare program (and have a Medicare certificate). You must be unable to leave your home, or you normally can not leave home without help. Unable to leave you home means leaving home requires considerable physical effort.

Leaving Home For Non Medical Purposes: You may be unable to leave your home and still leave home for medical treatments or short, infrequent absences for non medical purposes, such as trips to a hairdresser or church services. The need for medical adult day care does not prevent you from getting care from home.

What to Expect From Home Health Agencies: You can expect skilled nursing care on a part-time or intermittent services. Skilled nursing care includes services and care that can only be done properly and safely by a licensed nurse (either a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse or physical or occupational therapist). Support services for healthcare at home are part-time or intermittent.

Health Assistant At Home: A health assistant at home does not have a nursing license, but supports the nurse to provide services such as help with bathing, toileting, dressing or personal care. Such services do not need the ability of a licensed nurse.

What Does Medicare Cover?: Medicare does not cover the services of assistant or home health aide unless you are also receiving specialized care such as nursing or other therapy. The health care services at home should be part of home care for illness or injury. You should also take physical therapy, speech and language and occupational therapy for as long as your doctor says you need to.

Home Physical Therapy: Physical therapy includes exercise to regain movement and strength in the body, and training of the use of special equipment to perform daily activities, such as how to get in and out of a wheelchair or bathtub.

Pathology Services From Home: The speech-language therapy (Pathology Services) includes exercise to regain and strengthen speech or the swallowing process. This can be very beneficial to those that need help with swallowing or talking.

Occupational Therapy From Home: Occupational therapy includes exercise to help you do your daily activities for yourself. You can learn new ways of eating, dressing, grooming and other daily activities. You can continue to get occupational therapy if ordered by your doctor, even if you no longer need other skilled care. Home health care agencies can be a good way of helping you to enjoy life at home, this is very nice because it allows you to spend free time with your family and this can really take a load off of your family as well, this can really make things easier for you, and them.