Does Medicare Cover home health care

If you qualify for home health benefits, Medicare covers the following:

Skilled nursing services: Services provided by or under the supervision of a licensed or certified nurse to treat your injury or illness.

Services you may receive include injections (and can also teach you how to inject yourself), tube feeding, catheter changes, observation and evaluation of your condition, your care plan and wound care management, and Evaluation.
  • Up to seven days are provided per week, usually no more than eight hours per day and up to 28 hours per week. In some circumstances, Medicare may cover up to 35 hours per week.
Skilled therapy services: Physical, speech and occupational therapy services that are appropriate and necessary to treat your illness or injury, and which are performed or performed under the supervision of a licensed physician.

  • Physical therapy includes gait training and supervision and exercise training to recover speed and strength in one area of the body.
  • Speech and language distraction services include exercises to recover and strengthen speech and language skills.
  • Occupational therapy helps you bring back the ability to perform your daily normal activities, such as eating and wearing clothes.

Note: You cannot qualify for Medicare home health coverage if you only require occupational therapy. However, if you qualify for home health care in another way, you can also get occupational therapy. When your other home health needs cease, you can continue to receive Medicare-covered occupational therapy under home health benefits when needed.

Does Medicare Cover home health care