What it Means to be Homebound

To qualify for home health care, you must be homebound unless not required by your payer. Medicare requires homebound status for all home health patients.

You are considered homebound if you can't leave your home under normal, everyday circumstances. When you do leave the home, it requires a taxing effort and assistance from another person – particularly when getting in and out of an automobile – or from a walking device such as a cane, walker or wheelchair. Being homebound means you can only leave the home to receive medical care and make other short, infrequent but necessary trips. Common examples of acceptable absences from the home include:

  • Attending a religious and/or memorial service
  • Going to a family celebration such as a reunion or graduation
  • Taking a brief walk or car ride for fresh air and/or exercise
  • Making an occasional trip to the barber or salon

If you are homebound and need skilled nursing care, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) can help. We've been assisting homebound patients with their health care needs since 1891. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you.

~ Testimonials ~

The in-home care I received was excellent. Both the nurse and therapist were very professional and attentive to my needs. I credit both of them with my quick recovery from knee replacement."

My experience with home health was wonderful. I live alone and was so glad to have VNA taking care of me. My spirits were lifted and healing progressed quickly. I am grateful to be a part of VNA."

A huge thank you to VNA for all the care I received after my hospital stay. I could not have done without my VNA care providers."

All the VNA nurses and therapists were very kind and considerate of my needs. They made sure I had everything I needed to heal."

I have had the privilege of having the most professional and fun nursing staff at VNA. I will always request VNA services and recommend VNA to everyone."

Not only would I recommend VNA to my family and friends, but I will recommend VNA to my patients and social workers at the hospital where I work. Many thanks!"