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November 26, 2018

Medicare Coverage for Home Care and Hospice

Did you know that Medicare covers visiting nurses and rehabilitation therapists 100 percent to help you heal at home? Medicare will pay for short term, intermittent skilled care from a Medicare certified home care agency such as Atlantic Home Care. Often, home care is ordered after a hospitalization or rehabilitation stay, but your physician may see a need to order these services from his or her office to prevent hospitalization. The focus of care is to return you to independence through rehabilitation and education.

In order to qualify for home care services under Medicare, your physician must order home care, you must be homebound (leave your home infrequently with the assistance of another person usually for doctor’s appointments) and you must have a skilled need. Skilled care refers to your need for the specialized services of a visiting nurse or physical, occupational or speech therapist. If you qualify for these services, you also may be eligible for a medical social worker to assist you in obtaining community resources, a nutritionist and a certified home health aide to assist you with personal care.

Hospice care is also covered 100 percent under Medicare if you have a life-limiting illness. Specially-trained hospice physicians, nurses, social workers, volunteers, chaplains, and home health aides work as a team to provide comfort, dignity and support to you and your family.

Atlantic Home Care provides these services in Morris, Union, Somerset, Sussex, Warren and Essex counties. Atlantic Hospice covers Morris, Somerset, Union, Essex, and parts of Passaic counties.

For more information, call Atlantic Home Care and Hospice at 973 379-8472.