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What it means to be Homebound

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.