Page Reviewed / Updated – June 13, 2023

Program Description

The Homemaker Services Program primarily provides elderly individuals with assistance with their instrumental activities of daily living (IADL). Sometimes referred to as chore services, these tasks include housekeeping, meal preparation, grocery shopping, and assistance managing prescriptions. Limited assistance is also provided with some activities of daily living (ADL), such as bathing and grooming. To be clear, this program is not intended to cover all of a participant’s personal care needs.

The Homemaker Program is under the oversight of the Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) and is managed locally by the Area Agency on Aging network. The goal of this program is to provide assistance to individuals in their homes so that persons who might otherwise require residential care, such as a nursing home facility, can remain living at home.

Eligibility Guidelines

General Requirements

Applicants must be at least 60 years of age.

Applicants must be Idaho residents, and be living independently (as opposed to in adult foster care, assisted living, or in a nursing home).

Functional Ability
Program candidates are evaluated based on their ability to manage their activities of daily living and their instrumental activities of daily living. Consideration is also given to the availability of the applicant’s friends and family to help provide assistance.

Financial Requirements

The Homemaker Program does not have strict financial income or asset requirements. However, individuals whose income exceeds the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) will be required to pay a share of the cost of services.

As of 2023, for an unmarried, widowed, divorced or otherwise single applicant, the federal poverty level is $1,215 a month. For married couples or two-person households, the limit is slightly higher at $1,643 a month.

Benefits and Services

  • Housekeeping, laundry and basic cleaning
  • Assistance with shopping for food and other essential personal items
  • Meal preparation, planning and storage
  • Assistance with banking, paying bills and other matters of personal finance
  • Help filling prescriptions and managing medications
  • Assistance with grooming, bathing and other areas of personal hygiene

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How to Apply / Learn More

The Homemaker Services Program is available to residents of Idaho statewide. One can begin the application process by contacting their local area agency on aging. Candidates should expect an initial telephone screening followed by a more thorough examination of their financial situation. While it is not required to share personal financial information, failure to do so will require the participant to pay the full cost for services. 

Limited additional information is available about this program on the ICOA website. One can also call the Idaho Commission on Aging at 877-471-2777 for more info. Readers should be aware that waiting lists can exist and candidates are prioritized for assistance using a variety of factors, including their functional need, the level of support they currently receive, the condition of their home and if they are geographically isolated.