Homemaking Services (offered in Minnesota only)
What are Homemaking Services?
- Trained homemakers provide housekeeping services for consumers that are unable to manage such tasks on their own or in the absence of the regular person responsible for these tasks.
- Homemakers perform routine household tasks like taking out the garbage, washing dishes, vacuuming, cleaning clothes, etc..
- Homemakers may also help with meal preparation, assist in arranging transportation for consumer, informal emotional support, companionship, and social stimulation.
Who can be a Homemaker?
- An individual that has been hired and trained by a qualified agency.
What are Respite Services?
- Respite Services are available for consumers that are unable to care for themselves.
- They are intended to relieve unpaid family caregivers or the absence of family care givers.
- The Respite provider will help the consumer with their Nursing needs or Activities of Daily Living for a specified amount of time.
- Respite Services are provided in the consumers home or in a setting that has proper licensure and is approved by a qualified agency.
Who can be a Respite Provider?
- Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Home Health Aide (HHA), or Personal Care Assistant (PCA) that has been approved by a qualifying agency.
- PCAs and HHAs must be supervised by an RN who has determined they are capable of following the consumer’s care plan.
How do people pay for Homemaking and Respite Services?
- State funded Medicaid and Waiver Programs: Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois
- Private pay (agency rates will vary)
- Private Insurance
- Long term Care Insurance
- Disease Management Groups, e.g., ALS Association, United Cerebral Palsy Association
- Community or Volunteer Organizations
How do you find an agency that provides Homemaking and Respite Services?
- Contact your county public health nurse to get a list of qualified providers in your area and find out if you qualify for state funded services.
- Contact a home care agency directly.
- Talk with Care Managers, Social Workers, Nursing Supervisors, Discharge Planners, or Doctors and Nurses at healthcare facilities.
- Search the internet for agencies servicing your geographical area.
- Ask people at Health Care related Support Groups.
- Ask professionals at Disease Management Groups, e.g., Alzheimer’s Association.
- Talk with family and friends who have used home care services before.
To find out if you qualify, contact our Customer Service Department today.