Indiana state launches accelerated eligibility applications comparable to structured household care
INDIANAPOLIS, 17th December 2020 / PRNewswire / – The COVID-19 public health crisis has brought care back home. As, Indiana State officials have recognized the need to expand access to services and support for those caring for a family member or friend in the home.
To meet the needs of an increasing number of people taking on new caregiving roles, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Department of Aging and Social Services (FSSA-DOA) has launched the Expedited Eligibility Pilot for Medicaid Waiver-based services and support , which improves access and approval processes for programs like Structured Family Caregiving (SFC). Managed by Caregiver Homes of Indiana, SFC is a coaching and support program for someone currently caring for a family member or friend at home that also includes a financial scholarship.
The pilot cuts the waiting time for registration from an average of 30 to 60 days to around 10 days. The accelerated timeframe means expanding the availability of these services when demand for them is greatest.
“The COVID-19 crisis was and is a challenge for Indiana Families “says Sarah Renner, Director, Aging Division, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). “The FSSA offers access to many programs and long-term services and support – and we wanted to ensure that Indiana Families were aware of these offers, especially because they knew that circumstances have changed for many families in which an older adult is in need of care. Equally important, we needed programs like Structured Family Caregiving that were available to more residents, and quickly. “
SFC supports family carers with coaching from trained nurses and care managers, a daily grant to cover care costs, and a secure messaging app, Vela, to instantly communicate with the care team when help is needed. With these sources of practical, emotional, and financial support, caregivers participating in the Caregiver Homes SFC program feel more confident in their ability to care for their loved ones at home. Program data has shown that this program significantly reduces accidents and hospital visits.
“The SFC program supports a number of different circumstances,” he says Lisa Bennett, Regional Director for Community Partnerships at Caregiver Homes of Indiana. “A husband who cares for his wife with dementia, for example, or a parent who cares for an adult child with a traumatic brain injury, or even a friend who cares for another friend who is battling ALS The thread that connects them all is that they want to stay home, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “
AARP from Indiana joined the effort by hosting an informative “Town Hall” teleconference on December 16. Tower and Bennett and a local family participating in the SFC program joined the call, and the audience could dial in and ask questions. Recorded audio from the live event can be accessed on the AARP Indiana Facebook page.
Via the Indiana Division of Aging
The Aging Department is committed to helping Hoosiers find the information and resources they need. Our goal is to put knowledge in Hoosier’s hands so that they can make better decisions, not only for themselves but also for their loved ones. We strive to promote networks that provide information, access and options for long-term care and improve choice, autonomy and quality of life for Hoosiers.
About Caregiver Homes from Seniorlink
Seniorlink’s Caregiver Homes is a technology-based healthcare services company focused on keeping care at home where family carers are central. Our solutions combine collaboration technology through our proprietary app Vela. evidence-based clinical protocols; and the human touch of dedicated care teams who work in partnership with family carers. Seniorlink’s solutions lead to improved results, cost savings, and improved customer loyalty and satisfaction for health plans and providers. Further information can be found at https://info.seniorlink.com/indianacares4you
SOURCE Seniorlink, Inc.