Nevada Homemaker Program: In-Home Care & Support for the Elderly

Program Description

The Homemaker Program provides Nevada residents with a variety of non-medical assistance to help elderly and / or disabled individuals remain living in their homes. Although, this phrase may not be used officially within Nevada, the Homemaker Program is a "nursing home diversion program". These are programs intended to keep individuals in need of care from becoming destitute, going on Medicaid, and being placed in a nursing home.

Nevada offers Homemaker services through the use of "Family Support Workers". These are state employed individuals or volunteers who come to the home of the program participant and provide assistance conducting household chores and errands.

Services are provided free of charge, but donations of up to $3 / hour are sometimes requested. The average cost of hourly, non-medical, home care in Nevada is $20, so this program offers families considerable cost savings.

This program is available statewide and administered by the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division of the Department of Health & Human Services.

 Did You Know?  Nevada seniors may also be eligible for care assistance from the COPE Program.  Learn more. Help is also available for assistive technology to enable independent living.

Eligibility Guidelines

Age – Program participants must be either 60+ years of age or designated as disabled by the Social Security Administration if under 60.

Residency – Candidates must be Nevada residents and must reside in a non-institutional environment (such as at home or in the home of a family member).

Functional Need – Participants must have a need for assistance to manage homemaker tasks. This means the applicant must be functionally unable, because of mobility, cognitive or sensory challenges, to live at home without assistance.

Income Limits – in 2017, single applicants must have annual income below 110% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is less than $13,266. Married applicants must take home less than $17,864.

Asset Limits - There is also a countable asset limit of $10,000. Typically, countable assets do not include the value of one's home. For married couples, the asset limit is $30,000.

 

Benefits and Services

Services may vary by county, with the availability of funding and, of course, with the needs of the Homemaker Program participant.  Most beneficiaries receive between 6-10 hours / month of assistance. The range of services provided by the Family Support Workers is quite broad and can include:

  • Bathing Assistance
  • Companionship
  • Household Paperwork
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Meal Planning & Preparation
  • Other Errands
  • Personal Care (Dressing, Grooming and Transferring)
  • Respite Care
  • Shopping for Groceries, Medications and other Essential Items
  • Transportation or Transportation Escort Assistance

 Family Support Workers are intentionally excluded from providing certain services.

To protect the safety of the Family Support Worker and the program participant, there are certain household chores and errands which are intentionally excluded from the range of services that can be provided such as moving anything weighing over 40 pounds, dispensing medications, yard work and risky chores such as cleaning roofs, gutters and washing exterior windows.

 

How to Apply / Learn More

To apply, one should contact the regional Aging and Disability Services office nearest them. There are 4 regional offices throughout Nevada. In previous years, there has been a waiting list for participation in this program.

Carson City
3416 Goni Road, Suite D-132
(775) 687-4210

Elko
1010 Ruby Vista Drive, Suite 104
(775) 738-1966

Las Vegas
1860 E. Sahara Avenue
(702) 486-3545

Reno
9670 Gateway Drive, Suite 200
(775) 687-0800