Question: Does Medicare cover the cost of non-medical home care?
Answer: No. Sadly, Medicare does not cover home care services. It covers the medical Home Health and Hospice services as prescribed by a doctor. However, if someone has a long term care insurance policy it would probably help pay for our non-medical home-care services and there are Aid and Attendance benefits for Veterans who qualify.
Home Instead specializes in companionship, home helper services, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry/linens, transportation, errands and personal care assistance with the activities of daily living.
Home Health and Hospice are the medical components of care which could be covered by Medicare. A Doctor prescribes Home Health or Hospice services to come to someone’s home. These are valuable services; however, if someone needs constant daily care and help with more details for their activities of daily living, then a non-medical home care company would be of value to them.
Home Instead Senior Care works in conjunction with Home Health Companies because we want to partner with the nurse, occupational therapist, social worker and physical therapist that works for these companies to help our client rehabilitate and become as independent as possible. When a client is on Hospice Care we work in conjunction with that agency and follow the guidelines outlined for end-of-life care.
Contact your carrier or local Home Instead Senior Care office for more information.
This question was originally address on our Caregiver Forum. Feel free to add to the conversation.
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