The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has $3 billion dollars available in the form of grants that can help fund support services for the elderly and disabled. There is a requirement that states must fund institutional care with Medicaid dollars, but in home services are optional and lack of funds has hurt these benefits in the past.
The new money is for those with disabilities and those who need in home assistance but that are not in need of staying in a health care facility. These funds could be a huge help in keeping up with the increasing needs of a growing senior population that would rather stay home than reside in a health care institution.
The availability of nursing home beds in the coming years has been on the agenda for state and federal governments for the past decade. Most estimates of the ability to meet the needs of the growing senior population have not been encouraging.
Thankfully the funds from this new program may make a home health aide a more available and affordable option to seniors. A home health aide can provide assistance with grocery shopping, meal preparation and medication management to ensure that your loved one is well taken care of in the comfort of their own home.