July 22nd, 2013
Many do not understand the differences between medical and non-medical home care. The thought remains that if someone needs help at home than Medicare should pay for it. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Medicare has made it possible for many seniors to receive home care services. If the desired agency is approved by Medicare, and it is determined that the senior requires specific assistance, services are covered. The senior’s doctor must indicate that care is required at home, and an individualized plan must be outlined. Therapies such as physical or occupational must be required at least on an intermittent basis. Although seniors must be homebound, those who are able can leave the home for medical treatments. If approved, certain medical supplies and equipment may also be covered by Medicare. The difference is that activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, feeding and personal errands are not covered by Medicare. They would be under the umbrella of Private Duty Home Care. No matter if you are using a Medicare Agency or Private Duty Home Care Agency, know everyone has the right to choose which one best suits their individual needs.