What if your loved one needs help at home? Do you know what to do? If you’ve found yourself in this situation, then the best thing to do is get qualified for home health care. Qualifying for home health care can be a challenge. This blog post will help you understand the eligibility requirements and how to get started with your application. There are many factors that go into determining whether someone is eligible, but this article will cover some of the most common ones.
You Are Suffering From a Medical Condition and You Are Already Under the Care of a Doctor
If you are suffering from a medical condition and already under the care of a doctor, then this is probably one of your first requirements. You need to be receiving treatment by a primary care physician or specialist that can provide ongoing management for at least three months. If you meet these basic guidelines, then it’s likely that your loved one would qualify for home health services.
If A Doctor Certifies That You Are Homebound
If you are unable to get out of bed or leave your home for at least three months, then this is another requirement. You need a doctor that can certify that you are “homebound.” The authorities will realize that it is difficult for you and the people caring for you to bring you to a hospital everyday so the best option in such a case would be to get home health care.
You Doctor Must Certify That They Have had a meeting with you in person
The authorities want to make sure that you and your primary care physician or specialist have had a meeting in person. This is an important step because it ensures that the doctor understands all of your medical needs and can communicate them effectively on paper. The authority will already be skeptical about certifying someone who lives far away, so this requirement makes things much easier.
Your Home Health Agency Is Approved by Medicare
Your home health care agency must be approved by Medicare. This means you need to choose an agency that meets the requirements of the federal government and has received approval for providing their services. If all of these things are met, then it’s likely that you will qualify for home health care.
You Need One or All of These Services
- Physical therapy
- Continued occupational therapy
- Skilled nursing care (Does not include services like drawing blood)
- Speech language pathology services
These are the 5 of the most common requirements. If you meet all of these guidelines, then the next step is to get started with your application. Once your application is reviewed you will be notified as to whether you qualify. This is a very important step because if you do not meet the requirements, then your application will be denied. You may have to wait a few days to get a response about your application.