Q) My 75yr old father recently fractured neck in 3 place had a bypass and hip surgery all this year. I live in Georgia and wanted to get him a home health aide. He gets meals on wheels but need more help at home. How do I sign him up?
A) In most states medicaid will pay for a home health aid. within each state there are multiple Medicaid programs that offer different home care benefits. States have a “Medicaid State Plan”, sometimes referred to as Regular Medicaid and they also have “Institutional Medicaid” (which by definition does not cover home care) and there are Medicaid Waivers which are offered as an alternative to Institutional Medicaid. These are sometimes called Home and Community Based Services, HCBS Waivers, 1915 Waivers or Demonstration Projects. Please call your local medicaid office and request information on how to sign up for a home health aide. for you father.
Medicaid State Plans (Regular Medicaid), in most but not all states, will pay for home care in the form of Personal Care Services (PCS) or Personal Attendant Services (PAS).
Institutional Medicaid is provided in long term care institutions (nursing homes and intermediate care facilities) and therefore does not pay for home care.
Medicaid Waivers, which are offered as an alternative to nursing homes, pay for home care and often pay for other related in-home support services to help the elderly remain living at home.