Home care services

What is home care?

Home care provides medical and health-related services and assistance with day-to-day activities to people in their home. It can be used to provide short-term care for people moving from a hospital or nursing home back to their home, or it can also be used to provide continuing care to people with ongoing needs. Home care services may also be provided outside the person’s home when normal life activities take them away from home.

Who is eligible for home care services?

Home care services are available to people who are eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare Expanded (pregnant women and children) who have needs that are medically necessary, physician ordered and provided according to a written service plan. Home care services are to be provided in a person’s residence, not in a hospital or nursing facility.

What services are available through home care?

Medical Assistance covers the following home care services:

  • • Equipment and supplies, such as wheelchairs and diabetic supplies
  • • Home health aide
  • Personal care assistant
  • Private duty nursing
  • Skilled nursing visits, either face to face or via telehome care technology
  • • Therapies (occupational, physical, respiratory and speech)
  • All home care services require authorization from the Department of Human Services except for home care therapy services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and respiratory therapy) and the first nine skilled nurse visits per calendar year.

    How can persons get home care services?

    You can call a home health agency or your county public health nurse. To find a home health agency in your area, look in the yellow pages of your local calling area telephone book under Home Health Services.

    For more information, contact your local county agency (PDF).

    Let us know if you are unable to find information about Disability Services Division programs and services. E-mail DHS.Dsdtahelp@state.mn.us.

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