Some insurance plans, including Medicare, require a patient who is receiving home health care to be "homebound." This does not mean that they must be bed bound!
A patient is considered homebound when:
- Leaving home requires a considerable and taxing effort for the patient.
- The patient usually requires assistance to leave the home.
- Leaving the home is usually related to a medical reason (such as appointments) and non-medical trips are infrequent and of short duration.
A patient who is able to drive independently, shop or engage in normal outdoor activities is not considered homebound under Medicare guidelines.