What is home healthcare?

Home health care services include nursing care and physical, respiratory, occupational or speech therapy; chemotherapy; nutritional guidance; personal care such as bathing or dressing; and homemaker care.

Home health care can include health professionals who help you when you are bedridden with a long illness or housebound for a short period. They may provide blood testing or send a nurse into your home to administer medicines and other treatments. Home healthcare workers include ­professionals, trained aides who help professionals, and volunteers.

Coverage for Home Health Care

  • Check with your health insurance plan or your company’s benefits officer to see if home healthcare benefits are covered.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask the agency you are considering hiring how much they charge for each service, and ask your insurance carrier what services will be covered.
  • If Medicare covers you, you may have some limited benefits. Usually, Medicare home healthcare benefits are restricted to the homebound and bedridden.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs, the military, and worker’s compensation may also be other sources of help for home health care.


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