Patients are classified as homebound if it takes consistent and taxing effort for them to leave their home. For example, they may be dependent on an adaptive device such as a walker or a cane, they may not be able to safely leave their home unassisted, or they may experience shortness of breath upon exertion.
Contrary to how it may seem, patients classified as homebound may leave their home while receiving home health services. They may go to medical appointments, attend religious services, or shop for groceries.