Homebound is the state of having a condition such that there exists a normal inability to leave home and leaving home requires “a considerable and taxing effort.” A person does not have to be confined to bed to be considered homebound by Medicare. Leaving home for short periods of time for special non-medical events such as a family reunion, funeral, or graduation would not exclude someone from being considered homebound. A doctor must certify this condition.

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