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Yes, Medicare can pay for care in your home. In fact, about 10% or 1 out of every 10 people enrolled in Medicare receives care in their home each year that is paid for by Medicare. The benefit is called "home health care" and it includes healthcare services at home for an illness, such as heart disease, or after an injury. Home health care does not cost as much as care in a hospital or a skilled nursing facility (SNF), is just as good, and it is easier for you when nurses and others come to your house. If you get your Medicare benefits through a Medicare health plan, check with your insurance company to find out how you can get Medicare home health care benefits.
Medicare pays for home health care to help you get better and to do things for yourself again, safely. However, Medicare only pays for this care if nurses or therapists work for a company called a “home health agency.” These agencies have been reviewed by Medicare and must meet quality standards.
If you are in the hospital, a nursing home or a rehabilitation facility, you or your family can ask that a nurse or a therapist come to your home. Someone in the discharge planning will give you a list of home health agencies that take care of people where you live or will be staying. You can also ask your doctor or someone in his or her office about home health care.
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