Wyoming Home Services (formerly Community Based In-Home Services Program)

Program Description

The Wyoming Home Services Program (WyHS) is designed to help seniors, and individuals with disabilities, who are at risk of nursing home / assisted living placement. It does so by providing a variety of supports that enable them to remain living in their home or in the home of a caregiver. Services typically include: personal care, chore services, homemaker services, respite care, and adult day care.

Services may be provided free of charge to low-income seniors and disabled individuals who do not have the means to pay. There are fees based on a sliding scale for residents with slightly higher incomes. However, these fees are well below what the services would otherwise cost were they purchased directly from a home care agency.

The Home Services Program is under the administration of the Wyoming Department of Health's Aging Division. This program was formerly called Wyoming Community Based In-Home Services Program (CBIHS) and persons may occasionally still use that name. Each year, approximately 3,000 Wyoming seniors receive assistance from this program.

 Did You Know?  By 2020, Wyoming will have the 2nd highest percentage of seniors as a portion of the general population of all 50 states.  Only Florida has more. 

 

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for this program, candidates must:

  • Be Wyoming residents. No length of residency is required. Newcomers to the state can participate in the program.
  • Be 60 years of age or older or be disabled as determined by the Social Security Administration and over the age of 18.
  • Require the level of care services typically provided in a nursing home.

There are no income eligibility requirements, and clients are charged based on a sliding-fee scale. While all providers are encouraged to collect some sort of fee for services, no one is refused services for inability to pay. Wyoming’s Department of Health does have a suggested sliding scale for co-payments based on household income, although providers of WyHS services are not required to use this scale. Therefore, based on the service provider, the suggested co-payment will vary. As a very general rule of thumb, program participants with income less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) may possibly receive services free of charge. As of March 2018, this means single applicants with annual income under $12,060 and couples with income less than $16,240 may receive no cost services. The figures on this sliding scale are effective July 1st through June 30th. Come July 1st of 2018, these figures will be adjusted to a slightly higher rate. 

 

Benefits and Services

The available services are different in each county and change year to year, depending on the available budget. Typically, the following supports and types of care are available through this program. It is estimated the average annual value of services a program participant receives is $1,820.

  • Adult day care 
  • Chore services – snow removal, washing windows, cleaning gutters, etc. 
  • Homemaker services - light housekeeping, money management, meal preparation, etc. 
  • Hospice
  • Personal or Attendant care – assistance with eating, dressing, mobility, toiletry, and hygiene
  • Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)
  • Respite care for the caregiver – provides a break from caregiving duties for primary caregivers
  • Care coordination – assessment and determination of services needed
  • Home modifications - $300 maximum per eligible applicant per year
  • Medication setup

 

How to Apply / Learn More

To learn more, call 307-777-6103 or 800-442-2766.  One can also download applications and other forms on the program's webpage.  There may be a waiting list to receive services. 

 Did You Know?  Wyoming seniors are eligible to receive free estimates for bathroom safety modifications that help them to remain living independently and safely in their homes.  Learn more.