The Kentucky state Homecare Program is designed to provide home and community-based supports necessary to help the frail elderly avoid or at least delay institutional care.
Based on an in-home assessment and a detailed plan of care, a case manager can work one-on-one with a frail elderly person.
Through services such as home delivered meals, escorted transportation, and household management assistance, elderly persons can better maintain health, safety, and well-being in their own homes.
The goal of the Homecare Program is to provide basic services to the frail elderly who have functional disabilities or chronic health/social problems that will allow them to remain in the community and prevent early or unnecessary institutionalization.
The Homecare Program provides services such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, laundry, routine bathing, skin care, dressing, mouth care, home delivered meals, escort service to medical appointments, housekeeping, minor home repairs, and respite services for caregivers.
To be eligible to receive Homecare Program services, an individual must be 60 years of age or older and determined to be eligible by a qualified case manager.
Individuals must need assistance in two activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing, and toileting or three instrumental activities of daily living including meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, and grocery shopping.
They may also have a combination of deficiencies to be eligible for program services.
Homecare Program Service fees are based on the recipient’s income using a sliding fee scale. Extraordinary medical expenses may be considered.
A referral to the Homecare Program does not have to be made by a health care professional.
Anyone who is concerned about an individual may call the Aging and Disability Resource Center housed in the Bluegrass Agency on Aging and Independent Living at 859-266-1116 or toll free at (866) 665-7921 to make a referral.
The caller must have basic contact information and knowledge of the general services needs. Many county programs do have a waiting list for Homecare Program services.