Answering Common Home Care Questions

When a loved one needs medical care, receiving care in their home is an option that most people would prefer.  But the navigation of care needs and Medicare coverage can be complex and confusing. We often get questions from people who are unsure if home care services could benefit them. Here’s a recent conversation we had.


My mom is 78 and lives alone. While generally in good health, she will soon have knee replacement surgery. I live 800 miles away and have a limited amount of time to spend with her during her recovery. We would both prefer that she recover at home instead of a facility. How do we get her the home care she needs? Will Medicare cover this?


In-home recovery for Joint replacement is an option. Home Health services are often prescribed for hospitalizations and rehabilitations and prescribed by the physician. Services can include nursing care, pain management, and wound care to name a few. Therapy services can also be prescribed (Physical, Occupational) to help your mom transition back to independence. These Home Health services are covered by Medicare however, it is limited on the length of time and the amount of time each week. Click here to learn more about Medicare’s Home Health benefits and requirements.


Once my mom recovers from her knee replacement, we’d like to get her help around the house. She’ll need help with things like cleaning, laundry, and food preparation. Will her Medicare benefits cover this?


Usually, non-medical care or “custodial care” that helps with activities like cooking & bathing is not covered if it’s the only type of care a patient needs. Medicare will cover this type of care if needed along with medical or therapy services. Once her medical and therapy care ends, your best option for ongoing home care may be to find a qualified home caregiver that you pay out of pocket.

Assisted Home Health & Hospice’s Caregiver Services offers trusted and trained professional caregivers who can help with these tasks and who are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. One huge benefit of working with an agency like Assisted rather than hiring help on your own is that we handle all employment/payroll taxes and have set forth a thorough process of screening all employees. Our caregivers have passed background checks, TB clearance, CPR certification as well as ongoing assessments so you can rest assured that only the highest quality caregivers will be in her home.

To learn more about Assisted Home Health & Hospice and the services we offer, call 800-949-6555 or visit www.AssistedCares.com.

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