Can seniors receive skilled nursing care at home?

Yes, seniors can receive skilled nursing care at home, also known as home health care. This type of care provides medical and personal care services to individuals who are unable to leave their homes for medical treatment or ongoing care, and it can be covered by Medicare or private insurance. Certified nurses can provide at-home medical services which home health aides are not able to provide, such as administering injections, caring for wounds, and physical therapy. Home healthcare agencies can employ both certified nurses and home health aides.

A physician must certify the need for this type of care and a home health agency must be approved by Medicare.

Last updated: January 31, 2023

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