Programs for the Elderly (US)
Examples of programs that help the elderly stay longer at home in the U.S. include PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), Homemaker Home Health Aides, National Family Caregiver Support Program, Harris County Area Agency on Aging, Multipurpose Senior Centers (MPC), New York Elder Caregiver Support Program, Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP), and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). We have summarized the details of the programs on the attached spreadsheet.
PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a program under Medicare designed to provide comprehensive home care including social services and medical benefits to seniors who are duly eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Additionally, the eligibility criteria require that the seniors be 55 years and above, are eligible for home care nursing services, reside in the service area where PACE operates and can live safely within the community.
Veteran HOMEMAKER HOME HEALTH AIDES PROGRAM
Homemaker Home Health Aides is a special elderly nursing care program offered to war veterans under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Aides are specially trained caregivers, who under the supervision of registered nurses, help veterans with social services including cooking, eating, shopping, cleaning, doing laundry, taking medication, managing money, paying bills, using the bathroom, getting dressed, moving from one place to another, etc.
NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
National Family Caregiver Support Program is provided under the Administration of Community Living (ACL) to offer grants to states and communities to fund social services that assist the family members and informal caregivers in caring for the elderly at home. The services that are eligible to receive grants from the program include individual counseling, information and assistance for caregivers, respite care, etc.
HARRIS COUNTY AREA AGENCY on Aging
Harris County Area Agency on Aging is an elderly care program under the State Units on Aging (SUAs) that provides nursing care to senior residents and their families as well as their caregivers. The program's primary services include access and assistance services, caregiver support coordination, in-home services, care coordination, supporting service, etc.
MULTIPURPOSE SENIOR CENTERS (MPC)
Multipurpose Senior Centers (MPC) are located within Los Angeles, CA. They are established with the primary objective of providing the elderly members of the community with critical services that include legal assistance, in-home services, case management, etc. The in-home services provided under the program helps the elderly with various household tasks such as taking medication, paying bills, using the bathroom, getting dressed, etc. so they can remain independent.
NEW YORK ELDER CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
New York Elder Caregiver Support Program is designed to assist family members and informal caregivers, as well as friends and neighbors, to provide the in-home assistance and care that the elderly require in their everyday tasks. The program is based on the mandate that "informal caregivers are an invaluable resource to their loved ones and the health care system because, with their help, the elderly can remain in their own homes in the community instead of in foster care."
EXPANDED IN-HOME SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY PROGRAM (EISEP)
Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) is designed to assist the older members of the community with various in-home services such as shopping, cooking, using the bathroom, etc. Additionally, the program provides case management, non-institutional respite care and ancillary services that are non-medical but helps the elderly to live safely in the community.
IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (IHSS) PROGRAM
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program is designed to assists eligible elderly persons and persons with physical impairments through the provision of in-home assistance. IHSS is considered as an alternative to out-of-home care. The program provides both domestic and personal care services to eligible members.
Medicaid, Medicare and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) all have programs that are designed to assist the elderly with home care. Some states such as California, Rhode Island, and Washington, D.C. offer paid family leave to eligible workers to stay home and take care of their family.