Will Kansas or Missouri pay for me to caregive for my senior loved one?

We started to answer this question with help from http://www.caregiver.org

Caregiver Support Program Info Missouri

Consumer Directed State Plan Personal Care Program
https://health.mo.gov/seniors/hcbs/hcbsmanual/pdf/3.25.pdf

This program is through Medicaid (MO HealthNet). It allows family members, excluding spouses and legal guardians, to be hired and paid to provide personal care services.
The eligibility requirements for the person receiving care are that the person must be a resident of Missouri. They must be 18 years or older. They must be physically disabled and require a nursing facility level of care. They must be able to self-direct their own care. And they must be Medicaid eligible.
The caregiver eligibility is that it can be anyone except the person’s spouse or legal guardian.
You should contact the Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division to inquire. The number is 855-373-4636.

Missouri Independent Living Waiver
For more information, check out this website: https://dss.mo.gov/mhd/waivers/1915c-home-and-community-waivers/independent-living.htm

Missouri’s ILW is a Medicaid (MO HealthNet) program that assists disabled persons to remain living at home. This program allows certain family members, excluding spouses and legal guardians, to be hired and paid as the personal care provider.

Other services include:

  • Environmental accessibility adaptations
  • Specialized medical equipment and supplies
  • Financial management
  • Case management

The Care Recipient Eligibility requirements are that they must be a resident of Missouri. They must be between the ages of 18 and 64. They must be physically disabled and require a nursing facility level of care. They must be able to self-direct their own care. And they must be Medicaid eligible.

The Caregiver’s Eligibility is anyone that is not the care recipient’s spouse or legal guardian.

You should contact the MO HealthNet Division to inquire. The number is 573-751-3425

Caregiver Support Program Info Kansas
https://www.caregiver.org/connecting-caregivers/services-by-state/?state=kansas

Frail Elderly Waiver Program
For more information, check out this website: https://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)/programs/frail-elderly
The Frail Elderly Waiver Program is a Medicaid (KanCare) program that assists older individuals in personal care services to remain living at home. Family members can be hired and paid as personal care providers, but usually, spouses are excluded.

Services may include:

  • Adult daycare
  • Assistive technology
  • Personal care services
  • Medication reminder
  • Personal emergency response

Care Recipient Eligibility requirements are that the person is a resident of Kansas. They must be 65 years of age or older. They must require a nursing facility level of care. They must also be Medicare eligible.

Caregiver Eligibility requirements are that the person can be anyone that is not the recipient’s spouse.

You should contact the Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center to inquire. The phone number is 855-200-2372

Senior Care Act Program

For more information, check out this website: https://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/commission-on-aging/in-home-services/senior-care-act-(sca)
The Senior Care Act program is a non-Medicaid program that assists elderly individuals with personal care so that they may remain living at home. Certain family members can be hired and paid as a personal care providers.

Services may include:

  • Attendant care
  • Respite care
  • Homemaker and chore services
  • Adult day care

Care Recipient Eligibility requirements are that they must be a resident of Kansas. They must be 60 years of age or older. They must also require assistance with at least two daily living activities.

Caregiver Eligibility requirements are for anyone that is not the recipient’s spouse.

You should contact the Kansas Area Agency on Aging to inquire: 855-200-2372

Aimee Gromowsky

Aimee Gromowsky is formerly an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County and currently a private practice lawyer. Ms. Gromowsky handles thousands of cases in Kansas City, Missouri area courts and was honored with a “Best in Bar” award in 2007 and 2008 from the Kansas City Business Journal. As a Kansas City traffic lawyer, Aimee is determined to represent you in your case by providing exceptional legal counsel and service.

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