Below you will find information and a checklist to help you determine what type of service you need, how often you need it and for how many hours. This information is a guide to assist you in determining your needs and which service or services best meet those needs.
In-home services can range from light housekeeping, cooking, laundry, bathing, grooming, assistance with dressing and walking to respite care to skilled care that includes therapies, wound care, medications and palliative care.
Included is a sample plan of care that can assist you in listing your service needs and setting up a time schedule that your in-home services provider can use as a guide. Services are available that are private pay, insurance eligible, or fully or partially funded by state or federal programs.
If you need additional assistance regarding available services or help in determining your service needs, you can contact the WV Aging and Disability Resource Network at 1-877-987-3646.
Many of the above listed services are also available as private pay services. Additional services such as companion care, transportation, essential errands, and chore services are also available from many of the listed Provider Agencies.
Types of Service
*Please search by Agency Name to see services provided by each Agency and payment methods.
- Family Alzheimer's Respite Services
Lighthouse Program: Provides Personal Care assistance to those who need in-home assistance but do not qualify for other funded programs.
- 1A. Family Alzheimer’s In-Home Respite (FAIR): Provides up to 16 hours per week of in-home respite care to give the unpaid caregiver a break.
- 1B. Title III-E Respite: Provides a variety of services to assist seniors to remain in their homes for as long as possible, including respite care for family caregivers, individual counseling, support groups and caregiver training. Services vary by county.
Personal Care Program: Provides personal care services that are medically necessary activities or tasks ordered by a physician, which are implemented according to a Nursing Plan of Care developed and supervised by a nurse.
Aged and Disabled Waiver Program: Provides long-term care alternative of community-based services that enable an individual to remain at or return home rather than receive nursing home care.
Home Health Services (Skilled In Home Services): Provides services for Medicare beneficiaries who are generally confined to their homes are eligible to receive certain medical services at home.
- 6A. Congregate Meals - Provides lunch to seniors at senior centers.
- 6B. Meals on Wheels – Provides meals to qualified, home-bound applicants.
- 7A. Chore – Provides heavy housecleaning and/or yard maintenance services for seniors over 60 who are unable to handle such tasks on their own
- 7B. Companion Services – Provides nonmedical supervision and socialization to maximize person’s independence and increase opportunities for interaction, stimulation and communication.
- 7C. Non-Emergency Transportation – Transport to physicians’ offices, pharmacy, the grocery store or the senior center.
Please click on the link below to download the In-Home Care Service Guide:
In-Home Care Service Guide
- Family Alzheimer's Respite Services
Lighthouse Program: To be eligible for services through the Lighthouse Program, a person must be 60 years of age or older; need much assistance or greater in two of the following areas - bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding, meal prep, transferring or walking; be a resident of West Virginia; and not be eligible for any of the state’s Medicaid funded in-home service programs.
- 1A. Family Alzheimer’s In-Home Respite Program (FAIR): To be eligible for FAIR, the following criteria must be met. The care receiver can be of any age but must have a written diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia; there must be an unpaid family caregiver that is 18 years of age or older; and the care provided by the unpaid caregiver must be in the state of West Virginia.
- 1B. Title III-E Respite: To be eligible for Title III-E services, the applicant must be a family caregiver and meet one of the following criteria – provide care for a family member over the age of 60; provide care for a loved one of any age with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder; or be at least 55 years of age and a grandparent or other relative caregiver and provide care to a child under 18 years old.
Medicaid Personal Care Program: To be eligible for this program, the applicant can be of any age; the applicant must already receive full Medicaid benefits; and must meet at least three of the following criteria –have a decubitus ulcer that is a stage 3 or 4; be mentally or physically unable to vacate a residence in the event of an emergency; require physical assistance with eating or be tube fed; require physical assistance with bathing; require physical assistance with dressing; require physical assistance with grooming; be incontinent of bowel and/or bladder more than three (3) times a week or have a catheter or a colostomy; be totally disoriented or comatose; require one person assistance or greater with walking; require one personal assistance with transferring; require one person assistance with walking and require situational or total assistance with wheeling; have one or more of the following skilled needs - irrigations, sterile dressings, tracheostomy care, parenteral fluids, suctioning or ventilator care; or be unable to administer own medications.
Aged and Disabled Medicaid Waiver Program: To be eligible to participate in this program, a person must be 18 years of age or older; reside in the state of West Virginia; have a monthly income below $2094 a month; have less than $2000 in assets, excluding the home, adjoining property and one vehicle; and meet at least five (5) of the following criteria - have a decubitus ulcer that is a stage 3 or 4; be mentally or physically unable to vacate a residence in the event of an emergency; require physical assistance with eating or be tube fed; require physical assistance with bathing; require physical assistance with dressing; require physical assistance with grooming; be incontinent of bowel and/or bladder more than three (3) times a week or have a catheter or a colostomy; be totally disoriented or comatose; require one person assistance or greater with walking; require one person assistance with transferring; require one person assistance with walking and require situational or total assistance with wheeling; have one or more of the following skilled needs - irrigations, sterile dressings, tracheostomy care, parenteral fluids, suctioning or ventilator care; or be unable to administer own medications.
Home Health Care Services: To be eligible, a person must be considered home bound; have a need for skilled care (skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy); and have a written order from a physician he/she has seen within the past 90 days.
Nutrition Services – Congregate meals are served at senior centers. Home delivered meals, through Meals on Wheels, are available through senior centers, and, in some communities, through volunteer Meals on Wheels groups.
- 6A. Congregate Meals - To be eligible for donation-based, congregate meals at a senior center, a person must be 60 years of age or older.
- 6B. Meals on Wheels - To qualify for home-delivered meals, an applicant must be 60 years of age or older, home-bound or living alone and physically or mentally unable to obtain food and prepare meals and not have anyone to prepare meals for him/her. For Meals on Wheels sites in your area, visit www.mowaa.org or call your county aging provider.
- 7A. Chore – To be eligible for assistance with heavy housework and/or yard work, a senior must be 60 years of age or older and physically or mentally incapable of doing the work himself/herself. Chore services are provided by county aging providers and by private agencies.
- 7B. Companion Services – Companion services are generally private pay services, available through both public and private agencies. Eligibility criteria may vary from provider to provider.
- 7C. Non-Emergency Transportation – To qualify for transportation services through county senior centers, a person must be 60 years of age or older and have no transportation or have difficulty using regular vehicular transportation. Reservations are necessary. Call your local senior center.
Please click on the link below to download a Sample Services Plan:
Sample Services Plan