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Does Medicare pay for home care?

En español | Yes, in some instances, Medicare pays for certain care deemed medically necessary for up to 60 days. You can use Medicare for home health benefits if you meet all the following conditions:

  1. You are under the care of a doctor and getting services under a plan of care that is reviewed regularly.
  2. A physician certifies you need at least one of four services: intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services or continued occupational therapy.
  3. The home health agency is Medicare certified.
  4. A doctor certifies you are homebound because of your condition.


Once the patient is eligible, Medicare also covers medical social services and medical supplies needed as part of the care. Medicare does not cover 24-hour-a-day care at home, meals delivered to the home, homemaker services (shopping, cleaning, laundry, etc.) or personal care (bathing, dressing, etc.).

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