There are several different types of care available for people who are aging, seriously ill, or living with a disability. The following is an over-view:
Custodial care (also known as
Non Medical In-Home Care
non-skilled, personal care, such as help with activities of daily
living like bathing, dressing, eating, getting in or out of a bed or
chair, moving around, and using the bathroom. It may also include
care that most people can do themselves, like using eye drops.
Medicare doesnít cover custodial care.
Home Health Care (Covered by Medicare)
Home health care may encompass limited part-time or intermittent
skilled nursing care and home health aide services, physical
therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology services,
medical social services, durable medical equipment (such as
wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen, and walkers), medical
supplies, and other services provided in the patientís home. A
doctor or other health care provider enrolled in Medicare must
order the care for Medicare to cover it, and a Medicare-certified
home health agency must provide it.
Hospice Care (Covered by Medicare)
Hospice care offers a special way of caring for people who are
terminally ill, typically utilizing a team-oriented approach to
address medical, physical, social, emotional, and
spiritual needs. Hospice also provides support to the patientís family or caregiver.
Inpatient Care (Covered by Medicare)
refers to health care for those admitted to a hospital or skilled
Long-term care encompasses a variety of services that help people with health, personal needs, and activities of daily living over a period of time. This care can be provided at home, in the community, or in various types of facilities, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Most long-term care is custodial care. Medicare doesnít cover this type of care if this is the only kind of care a person needs.
Long-Term Hospital Care (Covered by Medicare)
Long-term hospital care refers to acute care
hospitals that provide treatment for patients who stay, on
average, more than 25 days. Most patients are transferred from an
intensive or critical care unit. Services provided include comprehensive rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, head trauma treatment, and pain management.
Skilled Nursing Care (Covered by Medicare)
Skilled nursing care refers to a level of care that includes
services that can only be performed safely and correctly by a
licensed nurse (either a registered nurse or a licensed practical
Skilled Nursing Facility (Covered by Medicare)
Skilled nursing facilities are those with the staff and equipment to give skilled nursing care and/or skilled rehabilitation services and other related health services.
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