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The Wyoming Home Services Program (WyHS) is designed to help seniors, and individuals with disabilities, who are at risk of nursing home 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 are provided free of charge to low-income seniors and disabled individuals. 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.
To be eligible for this program, candidates must:
There are no income eligibility requirements, and clients are charged based on a sliding-fee scale. No one is refused services for inability to pay. Persons with incomes less than 100% of the federal poverty level receive services free of charge. As of 2017, this means single applicants with annual income under $12,060 and couples with income less than $16,240 can receive no cost 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.
To learn more, call 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.