Support Services Provided
In-home support can encompass a variety of services. Usually they are any combination of assistance with:
In-Home Service Programs
The Butler County Department on Aging has three different in-home service programs to assist with the cost of affording the above named services. However, funding for both programs is limited, waiting lists do sometimes occur, and there are certain guidelines to qualifying.
The first is a state-funded program called Senior Care Act, which is often on waiting list status. This program operates on a sliding fee scale, meaning participants pay according to their income and liquid assets. An in-home assessment determines if an elderly individual qualifies based on their functional abilities. Please do not hesitate to call our office at (316) 775-0500 for more details or for a referral to this program. Please be aware that this program is occasionally on waiting list status.
The second program is our Butler County Homemaker Program, which is also a sliding fee scale program. It is county mill levy funded and is fully administered by our office. While it is not funded to the extent that it can offer many hours of services a week, if a high-risk elderly person can be helped with minimal assistance, this program could be very helpful. Home care agencies are utilized to provide the care (family members or friends will not be paid as caretakers). It is also a provision of the program that participants are also on the waiting list for the larger Senior Care Act program. Therefore, if a slot opens for them on the larger state program, it can in turn open a slot on our county program.
Our final option for in-home support services is the Older Americans Act 90-Day Hospital Transition Program. To qualify for this program the following guidelines have to be met: referral is 60 years of age or older, has had at least one overnight stay in a hospital in the last 14 days, and has a gross income of 150% of the poverty level or less. Program can only be provided for 90 days. After that time, participants need to choose other options for in-home care, including Senior Care Act, Private Pay, Medicare Funded Services, Medicaid Funded Services, and Hospice. View more about these services.
Also, we can make referrals for Medicaid's Home and Community Based Program for the Frail Elderly, but we do not handle any part of that program through our office.