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What home health care services related to caregiving can Medicare cover?

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Your loved one's Medicare plan covers some caregiving services. You may be able to get home health care that a doctor orders, part-time nursing care, and a health aide for your loved one. Your loved one can also get physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy. Oxygen, a hospital bed, and a walker also are possible.

Whatever is ordered must be medically needed, you must use a Medicare-approved home health agency, and a doctor must reorder the care and equipment every 60 days.

SOURCES:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare.gov: "What Should Every Caregiver Know?;" "Caregiving;" "How Do You Care for Someone With a Disability, Chronic Illness, or Injury?;" "What Caregiver Support is Available in My Area?;" "What Type of Care is Best for Your Loved One?;" "Caregiver resource kit;" "How Can You Plan for the Future?;" and "What types of expenses does Medicare cover?"

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Longtermcare.gov: "Medicare;" "Who Needs Care?;" "Who Pays for Long-Term Care?;" and "Costs: How to Pay."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare.gov: "What Should Every Caregiver Know?;" "Caregiving;" "How Do You Care for Someone With a Disability, Chronic Illness, or Injury?;" "What Caregiver Support is Available in My Area?;" "What Type of Care is Best for Your Loved One?;" "Caregiver resource kit;" "How Can You Plan for the Future?;" and "What types of expenses does Medicare cover?"

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Longtermcare.gov: "Medicare;" "Who Needs Care?;" "Who Pays for Long-Term Care?;" and "Costs: How to Pay."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 14, 2018

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