Medicare considers you homebound if: you need the help of another person or medical equipment (such as a walker or wheelchair) to leave your home, or your doctor believes that your health could get worse if you leave your home; and it is difficult for you to leave your home and you typically cannot do so. A doctor must evaluate and certify this condition. Leaving your home for medical treatment, religious services, and special non-medical events such as a family reunion or funeral does not mean that you are not homebound.

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