Ohio Department of Aging PASSPORT Program
It’s healthy for seniors to age in place in their own homes, and in-home care services can make that possible. Fortunately for seniors in the greater Beachwood and Northeast Ohio area, the state’s PASSPORT program is ready to help low-income seniors do just that.
PASSPORT, which stands for Pre-Admission Screening Providing Options and Resources Today, is a program that falls under the Medicaid Waiver III program and that’s funded by federal and state funds.
The goal of PASSPORT is to help seniors live independently in their own homes as long as possible.
Home Care Services Through PASSPORT
PASSPORT contracts with a variety of Medicare and Medicaid certified home care agencies to provide a wide range of services.
The PASSPORT program assigns a case manager to each recipient of PASSPORT home care services to make sure seniors are safe and well cared for.
The PASSPORT program covers the following care services:
- Home nursing care
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Personal care, including assistance with the activities of daily living
- Counseling and social work
- Meals delivered to the home
- Assistance with housekeeping and chores
- Home medical equipment
- Home health care management
- Nutritional consultation
- Respite care
- Adaptive and assisting devices (such as crutches)
Eligibility for the PASSPORT Program
The first step in determining your eligibility for the PASSPORT program is a telephone screening that confirms your financial eligibility for Medicaid.
PASSPORT participants must be at least 60 years old, they must be in health frail enough to require in-home care services, and their physician must confirm that they can live safely in their own homes.
If the program determines that you’re eligible for PASSPORT, a home care case manager works with you to figure out just what in-home care services you require.
Once a package of in-home services is assembled, the caseworker continues to monitor the care and make any needed changes. Actual care is provided by local home care agencies that are contracted through Medicare and Medicaid.
Do you want to learn more about the PASSPORT program that helps to provide home care services?
The Kabb Law Firm is one of the few in the country to have a full-time social worker on staff, and we’re ready to talk to you at any time about your eligibility for this program.
Give us a call today!