Home care: Where to find It

Medicare Home Care

If you are 65 or older or under 65 and disabled and receive Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits you are eligible to receive Medicare to help pay for certain medical expenses.

In general, if you are covered under Medicare you may be eligible for skilled nursing care (time limited), physical, speech, or occupational therapy, medical social services, medical supplies, and/or help with medical equipment.  In order to qualify for Medicare home health, your doctor must have determined that you need medical care in your home.  You must be homebound, or be able to leave your home only for short periods with considerable and taxing effort, and your home health agency must be approved by Medicare.

If you think that you may be eligible for help from Medicare, you  may want to talk to your doctor to see if he/she agrees and will write a plan of care for you.  You may also contact a home health agency for more information.