Rockville, Maryland (Findit) April 16, 2019 - Comfort Home Care, a Rockville in-home care agency, recently published a blog educating readers on Medicare coverage for in-home care patients. As the costs of healthcare rise, using Medicare benefits may be the only way for families to afford adequate care for their loved ones.
Home health care is covered by both Medicare Part A and Part B. While each has its own rules, they generally cover skilled nursing care provided by a registered or licensed practical nurse, who completes tasks like giving shots, tube feeding, changing dressings, teaching about prescription drugs and diabetes, and giving IV drugs. Medicare also covers physical and occupational therapy, speech-language services, counseling and support in finding community services, and medical supplies, including durable medical equipment. Coverage typically does not include home-delivered meals, 24-hour care, or personal care, such as bathing, dressing, laundry, shopping, and preparing meals. Review your loved one's benefits package to determine their exact coverage, as it may vary by state.
Your loved one must meet certain qualifications before they can use their Medicare benefits for in-home care. Firste, they should be under the care of a doctor who regularly reviews their care plan. The doctor should certify that your loved one needs skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, or occupational therapy, and the agency selected must be Medicare certified. In addition, the doctor must verify that the person receiving care would undergo considerable effort to leave their home for care. After these qualifications are met, your loved one can receive Medicare-paid support from a part-time, skilled nurse for a period of 21 days or less. Longer-term support is provided by the PACE program, which is available in certain areas and carries an additional monthly premium.
Speak to an in-home care agency for more information about how to use your loved one's Medicare benefits towards their in-home care. Comfort Home Care's licensed, skilled nurses can provide a range of Medicare-covered services to help your loved one retain their independence while receiving the care they need.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your loved one's needs, contact Comfort Home Care at 301-984-7681 or online at https://www.choosecomforthome.com/. The agency is headquartered at 121 Congressional Lane, Suite 201, Rockville, MD 20852.