Home attendant services may include nursing care, speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapies, home health aide services, and personal care services provided at home.

Health services performed at the patient’s home to promote, maintain, or restore health, as well as to decrease the impacts of disease and impairment, are referred to as home care. Nursing care, speech, physical, and occupational therapies, home health aide services, and personal care services are some of the services that may be provided.

Please be aware that under New York State Public Health Law, an entity providing or arranging for home care services in the state must be licensed or certified as a home care agency by the New York State Department of Health in order to do business in the state.

The two major types of home agencies are:

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Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHAs)

Certified Home Health Agencies (CHHAs) are organizations that provide part-time, intermittent health care and support services to those who require intermediate and skilled medical treatment.

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Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSAs)

Home care services are provided by Licensed Home Care Services Agencies (LHCSAs) to those who pay for them out of pocket (with their own finances) or who have private health insurance coverage.

At AC Cares, we work alongside individuals and family members to secure the home attendant services that will best assist the individual with their daily needs and improve the person’s quality of life.

Additionally, individual Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides who have successfully completed a state-approved training program are included on the Home Care Registry, but only in limited detail.

Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)

Additionally, it is possible to employ home care workers through the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), which is a Medicaid program that allows consumers to hire their own caregivers, including family members and friends.

Customers can choose, hire, and direct their own home care staff through the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), a Medicaid program administered by the state of New York. Another compelling part of the service is that it allows customers to recruit members of their own family and friends, which is a unique feature in this industry.

Chronically ill or physically challenged individuals who have a medical need for assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) or skilled nursing care are eligible to receive services under this Medicaid program.

Personal care aide (home attendant), home health aide, and nursing services are all examples of the services that a personal care aide (home attendant), home health aide, and nurse may be able to provide to their clients.

When it comes to picking their own caregivers, beneficiaries have a great lot of freedom and independence in their decision.

The customer or the person acting on the consumer’s behalf (for example, a parent of a handicapped or chronically ill child) assumes full responsibility for the recruitment, training, monitoring, and – if necessary – terminating the employment of the individuals providing the services under this agreement, as well as for the performance of the services themselves.

It is preferable to have a caregiver who will offer the home care services your loved one need, rather than having a stranger come in to look after them, because it allows you and your family to choose the carer.

And those who choose to care for a chronically ill or physically disabled loved one can be compensated for their efforts in exchange for the compensation they require and deserve.

Personal Care Services

Personal Care services are covered under the Medicaid program in New York State, and they are a sort of home care service. Assistance with dietary, environmental, and personal care duties provided by a personal care aide are referred to as personal care services. “Such services must be necessary to the maintenance of the patient’s health and safety in his or her own home,” according to the regulations, and must be ordered by the attending physician “based on an assessment of the patient’s needs, as well as the appropriateness and cost-effectiveness” of services. 18 NYCRR 505.14 (New York City Regulations)

In New York State, there are two different sorts of PCS, or “levels.”

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Level 1

For people who require assistance with housekeeping, cleaning, food preparation, grocery shopping, and laundry due to a handicap, but do not require assistance with "personal care" duties such as bathing and clothing.

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Level 2

For people who require assistance with housekeeping, cleaning, food preparation, grocery shopping, and laundry, as well as assistance with personal needs such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, walking, feeding, assisting with medication administration, preparing meals for people on special diets, and performing routine skin care procedures.

Who Is Eligible for Personal Care Services (PCS)?

In line with the regulations, PCS can only be supplied “where the services are medically essential and the social services district reasonably anticipates that the patient’s health and safety in his or her home can be preserved by the provision of such services.” There are many steps to becoming eligible for Personal care Services, and at AC Cares, we will partner with you and guide you through the paperwork, qualifications and waivers necessary to obtain personal care services for yourself or a family member.

First, an individual must become eligible for Medicaid. Once they have applied for and become eligible for Medicaid, the next step depends upon their age as well as whether or not they have Medicare.

If a person is under 65 years old and not on Medicare, they will be assigned to a mainstream Medicaid managed care plan once they are approved. If they wish then to request Personal Care, the plan will determine the need for such services, contract with the care agency and authorize the service.

A Managed Long Term Care plan, which would offer the personal care services, is available to Medicaid beneficiaries over the age of 18 who are not on Medicare and who have not yet joined in an established mainstream Medicaid managed care plan.

To receive PCA or CDPAP services, Medicare beneficiaries age 21 and up who are not enrolled in hospice or an OPWDD waiver must first request a Conflict-Free Eligibility assessment from New York Medicaid Choice, and then enroll in a Managed Long Term Care plan through the New York Medicaid Choice website.