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Is Visiting Angels Covered by Medicare


Visiting Angels is a network of home health care agencies that operates throughout the United States and Medicare may help cover the services. These home health care agencies operate as franchises and provide care within the patient’s home, rather than within a facility. In-home care can provide several services to patients, depending on the condition; some of the most popular forms of care include respite care, end of life care, and personal care. Visiting Angel services can even include companionship, meal prep, and running errands for patients.

Does Medicare Cover Visiting Angels?

Medicare primarily covers short-term care for health conditions rather than long-term care. The patient must have a physician certify requirements for therapy, been in a hospital for three consecutive days, and began care within thirty days of the hospital stay. If the patient fits into all three categories below, Medicare will pay for Visiting Angels.

How Much Does Medicare Pay for Visiting Angels?

Yes, as long as the patients meet the three criteria below, Medicare will cover 100% of the cost the first 20 days. From days 21-100, Medicare will cover $185.50 per day. After 100 days, you will assume all costs.

  1. Had a recent inpatient stay that was 3 or more days
  2. Within 30 days of the inpatient stay, they entered into Medicare-approved care
  3. A doctor certifies Skilled Nursing Care is needed

Home Health Services Covered:

  • Part-time nursing care
  • Short-term therapies such as physical or occupational therapies
  • Medical equipment to aide treatment for the patient (wheelchairs, oxygen, etc.)

If a patient finds themselves homebound and under the treatment of their physician for their health condition, they may qualify to receive home health care services.

What Constitutes Being Homebound?

If a patient’s physician can certify that their health condition could potentially worsen by leaving home, or if a patient requires some form of assistance.

Visiting Angels Services Not Covered by Medicare

  • 24 hour around the clock care
  • Companionship care
  • Running errands, meal preparation, housekeeping
  • Personal care (bathing, dressing, etc.)

Care for Recovery

Often, Medicare may cover care ordered by a patient’s doctor to recover from an injury. Care might include physical, speech, or occupational therapies; part-time nurse-covered care; durable medical equipment; and medical social services. Medicare can pay for these services, as long as the physician reorders the care every sixty days. Also, the patient must have been certified homebound by their doctor.

Hospice Services

When a patient is not expected to live more than six months because of a terminal illness, Medicare will help to cover hospice care. This form of care can be in the patient’s home, a hospice center, or a nursing facility.

In this type of situation, Medicare might cover medical equipment, prescription medications, occupational and physical therapies, grief counseling, social health services, and hospice aid. If a beneficiary begins getting coverage for their hospice care, Medicare will automatically stop coverage for all other health treatments.

Medicare covers the costs of hospice care except for a copayment on Part D. It’s always best to know which services a patient needs ahead of time so everyone can anticipate coverage quality. Home health care can get costly.

How to Get Help with Visiting Angels Coverage and Medicare

If you’d like any more information regarding a complete list of services offered by Visiting Angels and costs associated with this home health care agency, you can visit the Visiting Angels website, or give their team a call.

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Lindsay Malzone

Lindsay Malzone is the Medicare expert for MedicareFAQ. She has been working in the Medicare industry since 2017. She is featured in many publications as well as writes regularly for other expert columns regarding Medicare. You can also find her over on our Medicare Channel on YouTube as well as contributing to our Medicare Community on Facebook.

14 thoughts on “Is Visiting Angels Covered by Medicare

  1. My sister suffers from hereditary Ataxia, requires personal care assistance; She is immobile, lives in NJ and I want to relocate her to Orlando FL with me and extended family. Dont know where to begin, not sure if this is a place that can help us. Seems Social Security will just need timely notice of address change, but don’t know about Medicare, or how to get her transported. I’m completely clueless on how-to! Once we do figure out the move, will need care as I’m unable to handle bathing/toilet needs myself. Any advice/assistance is GREATLT appreciated.

    1. Hi Samantha! Social Security will notify Medicare of the address change. If you need assistance for her, I would reach out to Vising Angels directly to see what options they have in your state.

  2. I’m looking for CNA assistance for my mom. She is 85 diabetic, needs companionship, meal planning, medication reminders and glucose monitoring, help with mobility, escort to doctors appointments. Does Medicaid or Medicare cover for CNA help? Or where can I get information for CNA? I have been to so many website don’t know where to begin.

    1. I am looking for help as well. Medicare doesnt seem to care about the elderly 🙁 . my mom doesnt need to be in a nursing home they just need help a few days a week when me and my sister cant be there.

  3. I’m looking for in home care/personal care for my mother. She’s forgetting to take medication and I’m thinking she developing some dementia. Is there assistance through AARP Medicare Advantage assist with her needs

    1. Hi Loretta! First, I’m so sorry to hear your mother is developing dementia. Medicare Advantage plans are different from carrier to carrier, there’s no way for us to know if your plan through AARP will cover the cost of care for assistance in daily activities, such as taking prescribed medications, without seeing your plan’s summary of benefits. Your best option is to contact AARP directly to find out. If you enrolled through us, then please contact our Client Care Team and they can help you determine what is and is not covered. Please note, there are free programs in every state that offer assistance. If you contact your local SHIP office, they can help you find resources that are available to your mother.

  4. My mom was in hospital for subdural hematoma. She’s now at home in hospice. Will Medicare cover additional help need to take care of her if she has dr. Note stating so.

  5. The patient has lewy body dementia she’s getting released from hospice we need help and I don’t know what the next step is? HELP ?.

  6. Some Medicare Advantage plans cover a combo of skilled nursing care
    & home health aides (they provide personal care that is excluded by
    Medicare [except short term], Humana & Aetna have this is their
    insuring agreements. Coverage is up to 35 hrs/wk but provider must
    be medicare approved (certified) & both nursing & health aide care must be intermittent or part time. This all pursuant to CMS callletter
    4/18 permitting advantage plans to offer such coverage. Lots of
    detail.

  7. The patient is 91, does not know how to take care of herself anymore. He husband is 98 and is forgetful. He makes coffee in the morning and feeds the cats. If he feels good enough, they drive to a restaurant for breakfast. If he doesn’t feel good enough, he drinks ensure but she goes hungry. She is too unsteady on her feet the shower and getting in and out of the tub is totally out. Is there insurance or Medicare help available? Thank you

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