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What kind of caregiver services can I find in my community?
There are many kinds of community care services such as:
What kind of home care is available?
There are two kinds of home care: home health care and non-medical home care services. Both types help sick and disabled people live independently in their homes for as long as possible. Caregivers and doctors decide what services are necessary and most helpful.
Home health care includes health-related services such as:
Non-medical home care services include:
How will I pay for home health care?
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Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurance companies will cover the cost of limited home care. Coverage varies from state to state. Other times, you will have to pay out of pocket for these services.
The cost of home care depends on what types of services are used. Non-medical workers like housekeepers are much less expensive than nurses or physical therapists. Also, some home care agencies are cheaper than others.
Who is eligible for Medicare home health care services?
To get Medicare home health care, a person must meet all of the following four conditions:
To find out if a person is eligible for Medicare home health care services, call the Regional Home Health Intermediary at 1-800-MEDICARE or visit the Medicare Web site at: www.medicare.gov and select "Helpful Contacts."
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