Living Options for People with Disabilities
Individuals with disabilities have the same living options as people without disabilities. Independent living services provide limited assistance to those who choose to live on their own. Supported living services offer more intense assistance to people who live by themselves or with a roommate. Group homes give people with disabilities the option to live in a home with three to eight other people with similar needs who request constant support.
What is Home Health Care?
Individuals with disabilities may need consistent medical care in their home as a result of their condition or if other family, friends, or support staff are not able to provide appropriate care. Home health care agencies bring medical services to people who are in need of nursing, psychological treatment, or general support with daily living tasks. These services can be privately offered in any home setting.
Home Health Care Eligibility
The Minnesota Department of Human Services determines home health care eligibility. People who have a disability and qualify for a Waivered program or Medical Assistance, Minnesota’s Medicaid program, may qualify for services. You must have medically necessary needs that are ordered by a doctor to receive home health Care.
Paying for Home Health Care
Home Health Care services can be purchased through private pay or insurance. You must contact your insurance to find out what percentage of care they will pay for. Medicare and Medicaid services are available for those who financially qualify. People with developmental disabilities may qualify for Waivered programs if they meet specific financial qualifications and have needs that require continual care.
How to Choose a Home Health Care Provider
Thoroughly research each agency that you are considering as a home health Care provider. Find out how long the agency has been in business and what their costs are. Make sure that all decisions made involve the person who is being served and nothing is being decided by only one person. Family, close friends and other professionals should be involved in the decision making process as well. Contact references from each provider to ask about their current and past experiences.
Supported Living: What’s the difference?
Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living: Service Centers for Independent Living
REM Minnesota: Group Home Placements
Minnesota Home Care Association
Minnesota Department of Human Services: Disability Servcies
Minnesota Home Care Association: Who Pays for Home Care