Almost everyone is confused when it comes to terminology regarding services that can be paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. Each government program covers specific services that an individual may qualify for when it comes to health care.

For instance, Medicare pays for Home Health. Most people assume Home Health means someone will come into the individuals home and help them with ADL's or Activities of Daily Living. However,these services such as, light housekeeping, meal preparation, and errands are not covered by Medicare at all.

Instead, Home Health covers the short-term skilled nursing services such as wound care, vital signs,blood draws and education. Home Health through Medicare also covers specific services if ordered by a Physician like physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapies. Home Health is a very common service used after an individual has had hip surgery, a fall or medicine changes. These services can be provided by therapists in the home but again only if a Doctor orders them. This is helpful to the individual who needs the services because Medicare pays for it 100% and because it can be done in the home, there isn't any need for the individual to rehabilitate in a nursing facility.

Another requirement an individual has to meet in order to receive Home Health services through Medicare is the "home bound" requirement. This does not mean the individual can never leave their house and is "bed bound" but it does mean they must meet specific guidelines. In most cases, a person can still go to church or to a hair appointments and even small walks to qualify. When evaluated for Home Health the nurse will determine if the "considerable taxing effort"criteria has been met. Once it has been approved the person will begin receiving Home Health Services.