Health care services provided in the home by a home health agency on a part-time basis for the treatment of an illness or injury, and covered by Medicare only if skilled care is needed and required on an intermittent or part-time basis. Supportive services in the home ranging from skilled nursing care and occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and speech therapy to assistance with activities of daily living and housekeeping. This support allows many older people to remain in their own homes.