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Medicare Coverage for Home Care and Hospice

February 15, 2019

Did you know that Medicare pays for visiting nurses and rehabilitation therapists to help you heal at home? Medicare will pay for short-term, intermittent skilled care from a Medicare-certified home care agency such as Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Often, your physician orders home care after a hospitalization or rehab stay. But he or she may also see a need to order these services from his/her office to prevent hospitalization. The focus of care is to return you to independence through rehabilitation and education.

In order to qualify for home care services under Medicare, your physician must order home care, you must be homebound (leave your home infrequently with the assistance of another person, usually for doctor’s appointments), and you must have a skilled need. Skilled care refers to your need for the specialized services of a visiting nurse or physical, occupational or speech therapist. If you qualify for these services, you also may be eligible for a medical social worker to assist you in obtaining community resources, a nutritionist and a certified home health aide to assist you with personal care.

Hospice care is also covered 100 percent under Medicare if you have a life-limiting illness. Specially trained hospice physicians, nurses, social workers, volunteers, chaplains, and home health aides work as a team to provide comfort, dignity, and support to you and your family.

Most other insurance companies have a home care and hospice benefit also. We verify your insurance coverage and make the process of referral as easy as possible.

For more information, call Atlantic Home Care and Hospice at 973-379-8472.