Some insurance plans, including Medicare, require a patient who is receiving home health care to be "homebound. This does not mean that they are bed bound! Consider:
√ Does the patient have trouble getting to the physician's office and require someone to accompany him or her?
√ Does leaving the home require "considerable and taxing effort" for the patient?
√ Does the patient require assistance (human and/or a device such as a walker or cane) to leave home?
√ Are most absences from home due to medical reasons?
√ When leaving home for non-medical reasons, are the absences "infrequent and for short duration," such as attending religious services or beauty salon visits?