Alabama Department of Senior Services
A RESOURCE FOR ALABAMA SENIORS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR CARE GIVERS
Home Health Care
Getting medical care at home may be an option for some. This option helps many to stay at home longer. Home Health Care is a benefit under Medicare (Part A hospital benefit), and may also be covered by private insurance. Home Health service must be related to a current diagnosis that makes someone homebound. Homebound means that leaving the home requires a “taxing effort”, and must be ordered by a physician.
Home health agencies may offer both medical and non-medical services. Health services include skilled care provided by a nurse, certified nurse aid, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech-language pathologist and/or medical social worker. Home health care agencies may offer other services, like sitters and housekeepers, for a fee.