Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE)

Page Reviewed / Updated - Jan. 2016

Program Description

The Home Care Program for Elders is a program designed to help aging Connecticut residents who are at risk of nursing home placement. The goal is to allow qualified seniors who require medical and personal care to remain living at home instead of being placed in a skilled nursing facility.  The program also permits individuals to reside in adult foster care and some assisted living residences.  A variety of other services are provided to seniors as determined necessary by a health screening process and by their choice of residence.

Program administration is under the Connecticut Department of Social Services, Alternative Care Unit.  To avoid confusion, it is worth mentioning that this program is also referred to as CHCPE Alternate Care.  Also worth mentioning is the related program called Adult Family Living / Caregiver Homes, which also helps frail seniors avoid nursing home placement.


Eligibility Guidelines

This program is open to Connecticut residents aged 65 and older. What follows are the least restrictive requirements. There are five tiers of eligibility, therefore anyone meeting or having greater need than described below will qualify for the program.

Functionally, the candidate must have a critical need for assistance with at least 1-2 activities of daily living. The activities of daily living include eating, dressing, personal hygiene, transferring and the ability to maintain continence and use a toilet.

In addition to the functional ability requirement, CHCPE has financial eligibility criteria. There are 5 tiers, those which follow are the least restrictive and effective Jan. 2016. There is no limit on the applicant's monthly income, but the program does limit a participant's assets. The asset limit is $35,766 for an individual or $47,688 for a married couple. Primary residence and vehicle are exempt.

Acceptance into the program does not mean a senior’s care needs are completely paid for by CHCPE. Depending on their income, seniors may be asked to cover a portion of the costs. Between 7% - 15% of the total costs is a typical co-payment amount.

This program is also open to senior Connecticut Medicaid enrollees. The requirements for Medicaid are more restrictive than described above.

Note that financial criteria change annually in July. This page was last updated in January, 2016. 


Benefits and Services

This program provides a variety of care services and supports to individuals living at home, in the community and in assisted living, but not to individuals in skilled nursing residences. These services are determined on a case-by-case basis and some may be limited by the available budget for the program.

  • Adult Day Health Services
  • Assisted Living Services
  • Care Management
  • Chore Services
  • Companion Services
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Home Health Care
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Minor Home Modifications
  • Personal Care
  • Personal Emergency Response Service

Previously, some services under this program could be "self-directed" meaning the participant could choose their care provider.  With the recent launch of the CT Community First Choice Option, those wishing to self-direct are being moved to that program. 


How to Apply / Learn More

For more information or to apply call 800-445-5394, visit the Connecticut’s Home Care Program for Elders website or apply online.  Interested parties should be aware that participation in this program is based on the availability of funds. Wait lists may exist or may exist for certain services or eligibility category.

Other programs that may be of interest to CT residents are the PCA Program which allows participants to choose their care providers, the Lifespan Respite Coalition which provides a searchable database of respite care providers, the experimental Assisted Living Program and the more structured Congregate Housing Services Program.