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The State of Illinois created the Illinois Community Care program for seniors who are in danger of being placed in a Medicaid-funded nursing home. The program seeks to support the elderly to remain living at home, or in the home of caregivers, and thereby avoiding costly nursing home care paid for by the state. The program achieves this goal by paying for a variety of services, supports, and technologies that enable independent living or ease the workload on family caregivers. For example, adult day care and personal care in-home are covered, which allow family members who care for an elderly loved one at home to work during normal business hours.
Illinois residents, including legal aliens, can receive services under the Community Care Program if they meet the following criteria.
Those seniors whose income is below the federal poverty line receive services free of charge. The Federal Poverty Level for 2018, is $12,140 in annual income for a single individual. A couple is considered under the FPL if their income is less than $16,460. Calculated monthly, these limits are $1,012 and $1,372 for a single individual and married couple, respectively.
For those whose income exceeds the federal poverty line, fees are determined by the participant's ability to pay, usually on a sliding scale based on their income. Care services fees for assistance provided under this program are well below the private market rates for the same services.
The Community Care program provides services and supports to the elderly in their homes or communities and includes the following:
Program participants have a degree of “freedom of choice” in vendors (who provides them with services). However, the level of choice available in the now terminated My Choices Program is not available in CCP. Vendors must be “authorized” by the department and provide services in the “client's geographic area of residence”. The program’s regulations do not state if family members (such as adult children) can or cannot be hired as authorized vendors.
Families can learn more or apply by calling the Senior Helpline at 800-252-8966 or by contacting their local Illinois Area Agency on Aging.