Can elderly people stay in their homes and get the care they need?

As you or your parents grow older, you will likely need increased care in order to maintain a healthy and happy life. While many people receive their care from a nursing home, Medicaid offers an option that allows some elderly people to remain in the comfort of their own homes: the Community Care Services Program (CCSP).

What is the Community Care Services Program?

The CCSP is a program designed to offer Medicaid assistance to those who can safely and cost-effectively live in their own homes instead of a care facility. This allows participants to remain in the home they love while receiving medical care from providers that they like.

Services provided through the CCSP include:

  • Case management services
  • Adult day care
  • Meal delivery services
  • In-home medical care, including nursing and physical therapy
  • Personal support for errands, housekeeping and hygiene
  • Respite care to ease the burden on families

Who qualifies for the CCSP?

Applicants for this program must meet income and health requirements like those placed on Medicaid recipients living in nursing homes. First, applicants must face functional limitations that require care similar to that offered in a nursing facility.

Applicants must also meet financial requirements to qualify for the CCSP. Applicants cannot earn more than $2,349 per month, and non-applicant spouses cannot earn more than $3,216 per month. In addition, applicants must meet strict resource limits.

Finally, applicants must show that their in-home care would cost less than residential care in a nursing home.

If you wonder whether receiving in-home care is an option for you or your loved one, you may want to contact an experienced attorney. They can help you explore your options and guide you through the application process.

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Kevin Tharpe

With 25 years of experience, Kevin understands how estate planning, special needs planning, and government benefits programs work together. This is a crucial element of a thorough plan. He explains your eligibility for benefits programs and ensures that you do not make costly mistakes that may disqualify you or deplete your assets.

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