To be eligible for the Connecticut Homecare Program for Elders, applicants must be on Medicaid.
The guidelines for Medicaid require applicants to be 65 years of age or older, be a Connecticut resident, be at risk of nursing
home placement and meet the program’s financial eligibility criteria.
To be at risk of nursing home placement means that the applicant needs assistance with critical needs such as bathing,
dressing, eating, taking medications, toileting. The CHCPE helps eligible clients continue living at home instead
of going to a nursing home. Each applicant’s needs are reviewed to determine if the applicant may remain at home
with the help of home care services.
Homemakers perform light household duties such as cooking and meal preparation,
general housecleaning and running errands. They also remind the patient when it’s
time to take medication, and help the patient follow a prescribed diet. Their focus
is on maintaining patient's households rather than providing hands-on personal care.
Companions provide comfort and companionship to patients who, for safety or medical
reasons, should not be left alone. Some may also assist with household tasks.
Senior Personal Care Assistants play an integral role in allowing Connecticut seniors
and the elderly to remain independent within a safe environment at home. The supportive
care services that each personal care assistant provides focuses on the individual’s
unique needs for personal health, safety and well-being in the home setting. Examples
include Assistance with bathing, dressing and grooming, Providing medication reminders,
Mobility assistance and transferring, Meal preparation and feeding, Incontinence care, Overnight care.
Elderly Care Application