Low-Income Nursing Home Residents Can Move To Community Under New
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 18, 2004
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA--Many low-income nursing home residents will soon be able to move into their own homes or other community-based settings under a new program announced last week, the South Bend Tribune reported.
Under the pilot program, called Hoosiers at Home, people who are eligible for Medicaid because of low incomes will be able to shift their funds from a nursing home to instead pay for services in their own homes, assisted living apartments or adult foster care settings. Those could include visiting nursing services, or help with cooking or household cleaning.
The state has already identified about 2,200 Medicaid recipients who are interested in the project.
Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration estimates it costs $39,000 on average to house someone in a nursing home for one year, compared with just $26,000 for home or community-based care.
Some are concerned that nursing homes may not be ready to help those residents move out.
"I've run into problems in the past getting people home," said case manager Rose Lehane. "The nursing home says, 'No, they need to be here.'"
"Program will shift low-income people out of nursing homes" (South Bend Tribune)